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HPCO Conference 2016

It is a privilege

It is a privilege

After a 30 year nursing career in Critical Care I am honoured to accompany those who are experiencing a natural death. I am thankful for the peaceful environment of hospice and my superbly competent and compassionate colleagues. It is a privilege to help individuals and families to

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I sang to you

I sang to you

To my Mom: You taught me to live to the fullest and love with passion and forgiveness! I sang to you on your night of death to you favourite music. You are the wisest woman I have ever known and you made me who I am. Thanks

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I owe you

I owe you

I remember… Kate, thanks for allowing me to partner with you and your family, in order to get you home again. Thank you for always being real with me, one charge nurse to another, one woman to another, one mother to another. Thank you for showing me

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My greatest teachers

My greatest teachers

I’m so grateful to all the people I’ve had the privilege to care for; my greatest teachers.

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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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I wish I did more

I wish I did more

I wish I was more patient with you. I wish I pushed harder to get you help. I wish I lived in the moment more with you. I wish I did more.

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You smiled at me

You smiled at me

I remember looking back as I walked out of your room that day, knowing it was the last time I would say goodbye. You smiled at me with such peace and pride. Your death has given me the opportunity to talk to my young children…tough questions, important

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We will look after grandma

We will look after grandma

Being able to ask my grandfather if he was ready to go. Got a yes as an answer with a big smile. Being able to tell him “you have to right to go, we will look after grandma”. Felt his pulse going slowly and stop. Peacefully.  

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Volunteers are the heart

Volunteers are the heart

Volunteers are the heart of this care. Thank you.

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She was part of the family

She was part of the family

I remember, as a coordinator, talking to one of my palliative nurses that morning. She had a 13 hour day and was exhausted because she spent all night at a client’s house, sitting with him and his family as he slipped away. This time was not billed

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