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It is an honour and a privilege

It is an honour and a privilege

I have been asked many times how I could work at Hospice… because everyone dies – no one ever gets better. My answer is: It is an honour and a privilege to care and comfort someone in the last days of their lives. We help them to

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You were my first palliative patient

You were my first palliative patient

You were my first palliative patient. We discussed your symptoms and your pain but I failed to discuss what made you, you. On your last few days you had video games stacked next to your bed. I had no idea you were a gamer. By the time

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To the families that I have supported

To the families that I have supported

For all the clients I have helped in the journey of end of life. To my PSW staff that I have supported in this journey. To the families that I have and continue to support in the end of life journey.

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A lovely note arrived from his widow

A lovely note arrived from his widow

In June 2013 my mother passed away, I was homeless for 8 days as a result of a devastating flood and I provided medical care to a 36-year old physician colleague. He was weeks from completing his surgical residency training and starting a long-awaited Fellowship in the

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I was able to just be there with them

I was able to just be there with them

I had a patient on our palliative care unit who was completely comfortable and it was the last few minutes of her life. It was late at night and just me and her daughter there. My “medical” nursing role was done and I was able to just

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He was only given a couple hours to live

He was only given a couple hours to live

Fred was my client for years as I worked in a PSW role – we had a wonderful professional relationship at the LTC facility. As time went on and I studied to be a nurse – I was doing one of my practicums at the local hospital.

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Duke was brought into her room

Duke was brought into her room

She died in the presence of “Duke” — the bird that she ensured was “tucked in” before she goes to bed every night. This is what “End of Life” care is about. As one of our residents is dying, “Duke” was brought into her room and stayed

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Her body lifted up

Her body lifted up

I remember “Helen” who was on our unit for a few weeks and always had family members at her bedside except the time of her death. I had this inner voice telling to go in her room she was taking her last few breaths. I sat with

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I wish I could have said thank you then

I wish I could have said thank you then

I’ve not been doing this long enough to have a practice but Mr. H stuck with me. He was my age and he seemed well. He was sick but he had no reason to die, at least not for years. Then he did. 29 years old, excited

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