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

Relationships

Relationships

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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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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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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Your bravery and strength

Your bravery and strength

Every year on my birthday you would tell me the story of how on the same day in 1945 (April 19th), you were freed from the Nazi prison camp where you were held as a POW for over a year. Today is my birthday – and the

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What a wonderful gift

What a wonderful gift

I remember your wonderful smile and how easily you told us you loved us. As your time grew near, you held off long enough to see all your grandchildren and great-grandchildren so you could tell them you loved them. What a wonderful gift! They still talk about

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If not this

If not this

If not this, then what experience captures the essence of who we are and what  we share with one another?

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You were a young mother

You were a young mother

Dearest Beth! You were the most passionate loving nurse I have ever known. You were a young mother of 3 with great potential. I was sad that you beautiful life was short. I was to blessed to have had you in my life as a true friend!!

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You gave me the biggest gift

You gave me the biggest gift

I remember being so angry you were also dying – Mom just months ago and now you, Dad – how could you both leave me at such an early age. then I remember the kindness of the nurse – the doctors – the staff. And that is

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We didn’t have a good relationship

We didn’t have a good relationship

My dad died over 10 years ago… we didn’t have a good relationship and I probably didn’t see him 10 years before he died. Recently, I was speaking with a young pilot. My dad was also a hobby-flyer. He was actually the only survivor of a plane

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