Creating space to pause, reflect and share experiences with dying and death

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All Stories

Every time we see a dragonfly we are reminded

Every time we see a dragonfly we are reminded

When my friend _______ was facing the palliative stage of her cancer journey we wanted to surround her with the joy and blessings she had brought to so many peoples lives so we arranged a girls sleep over with her and 3 close friends and colleagues. We

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We hear your cries, feel your loss

We hear your cries, feel your loss

Through my years of caregiving and nursing it is only now that I pause to reflect on the times that I have had the honor of being with those who have died holding my hand. Some deaths have been peaceful and others more trying, I have shed

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I so regret not staying

I so regret not staying

My reflection [regret]… My sister and I were with my mom, we asked the nurse was she close. A question that was hard for the nurse to answer. We left my mom to go home and come back in the morning. A few hours later she passed

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I wish I could go back in time

I wish I could go back in time

Aunt D. I wish I could go back in time. To spend more time with you. Get you more flowers, hold your hand. All the things you liked to do, I would do it. I was absolutely heartbroken when you left us so suddenly. No chance to

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God bless

God bless

God is my answer and he helps us all. The time we should always listen to him all the time. God Bless.

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My heart ached

My heart ached

I remember when I lost a patient who had ALS. I saw her in her home… Then I saw her in the hospice. I secretly cried for her suffering. My heart ached. It made me strive to be better, softer, stronger than ever before. I cannot forget

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I endeavor to give my all

I endeavor to give my all

What a privilege and gift I have been handed… to walk with those whose life has changed due to a life threatening diagnosis. Thank you for allowing me the privilege and honour to share and walk with you. I endeavor not to take this role/job/opportunity for granted

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Live every day to its fullest

Live every day to its fullest

Working in hospice palliative care came to me as a second career. In it I have found incredible depth and a new perspective … allowing me to really live every day to its fullest.

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Thank you Mom

Thank you Mom

Thank you Mom for the 20 amazing years of love, patience and nurturing you so selflessly gave me…never asking for any of it in return. I am sorry I did not show my gratitude more often, and that I did not recognize how much you suffered… but

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A new powerful initiative

A new powerful initiative

Today I heard of a new powerful initiative  to reach out to patients, family at Sunnybrook which I hope will help families like us who couldn’t benefit from this before. 

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