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Who are we to judge?

In this time of so much controversy, so many personal opinions differ, and while some keep it to themselves, others are quite vocal. How...

Goodbye Max

Today I went with a friend to help him say goodbye to his dog. Nine years ago we went and picked him up at the airport, he was just a...

The Art of Saying Goodbye

When we walk out the door, when we leave a room, or when we grab our keys to go, we usually say “goodbye” to whomever is there with us....

Untangled

I was speaking to someone recently who had been working on life stuff… you know, the messy things that we all go through, myself...

With Us Always

She died 33 years ago She was only 51 years old As I was leaving the home of a patient, I took a wrong turn, and then another wrong turn...

Living Life with Less Regret

I was asked recently if I could be told how much time I had left, would I want to know. I had to think about this for a bit. My immediate...

The Beautiful Woman in the Rose Garden

I shared a story recently about a woman I noticed as I was driving to see a patient; she was in her rose garden and looked weak and...

The Tea Light Candle

If you could relive just one moment in your life, what would it be? This is one of the questions from the Death Deck and was asked...

When your slippers are on the wrong feet.

The other morning, I got out of bed and put my slippers on like I do every morning. As I started to walk toward the kitchen to get the...

Packing my memories to go

Just before that last breath is taken, I encourage those who are about to say goodbye, to share some favorite memories. Not necessarily...

Finding Balance

From the moment I started working as a nurse, I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion every single day. It felt good to be that...

If only I knew then what I know now

A frequent theme in conversations I have with those who are about to say goodbye to someone they love, is that they wish they would have...

I Will Say Farewell, Good Man

Working in end-of-life care has me questioning my own mortality often. I can’t help but ask myself how much time I have left, or if I...

The Empty Chair

When I first walked into the room of a woman who was dying, I was a little taken back by how dark it was. It didn’t feel as though this...

Stay Awhile

I had the honor recently of walking through a forest with the wife of a man who died way too young. Her intention was to scatter just a...

The voice on the other end of the phone

One of the things I have really grown deep appreciation for while working in hospice, is the different members of the team and the role...

A flood of emotions

For many years I have sat at bedsides witnessing people die; this is the work I do, I am a hospice nurse. I have held thousands of hands,...

Until the masks come off

When I was in my early twenties, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live. I sat at her bedside and talked about all...

Their love is a beautiful love

The first thing I noticed when I met them, was the way he looked at her. It was far more than love alone, it was trust, and compassion...