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Celebration of Life

I recently went to a memorial service for a patient I didn't meet until after he became non responsive. I didn't know anything about him....

Let Go of the Rope!

Almost every single one of us carries something with us from our past, something heavy that in many ways holds us down or back from...

The Truth

A friend of mine asked me today, "what should I tell the kids?" and this was about their dog, the family pet, a member of the family....

Wisdom and Knowledge

I saw a quote today, "when the elderly die, a library is lost and volumes of wisdom and knowledge are gone." This got me thinking about...

It's Time

I was sitting with a husband who was about to say his last goodbye to a woman he has loved for forty years. He told me, "she is the most...

TIME

How much time do we have? Where did the time go? I wish we could go back in time. Remember that time? Time is on my side… time is not on...

Light as a Feather

I was sitting with a friend on a bench when a white feather slowly floated by, stopping periodically as if to say hello or perhaps just...

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...