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I walk on a path deep in the frozen winter’s snow and the noise of loneliness fills my head. For my thoughts are of my Wife Joyce, other members of Family, Friends and even my Furry Friends that are now since dead. I listen to the wind blow through the trees, on my face I can feel and see my breath freeze.
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My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer last year and had a Colostomy on May 30, 2015. Even if I worked in another country, I traveled back home 4 times last year and stayed home for about 3 weeks to a month each time because I knew that soon he will leave us, every minute with him was a gift.
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I have dealt with many losses in my life, starting with my birth in war-torn Cambodia. Two weeks ago on May 16, 2017 my beloved uncle, Clair Goodwin, died in the presence of me and other family members. We witnessed his last breath as he left this world peacefully. This is my first significant loss through...
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My wife of 38 years passed away in November. She was 60 for only 10 days. Her illness started quite a while back as breast cancer stage 4. It was hard to detect because the location was up under the breast in the chest wall extending between the ribs. A mastectomy did not achieve clear margins so extensive...
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The Canadian Virtual Hospice approached Dr. Balfour Mount, Canada’s “father of palliative care,” shortly after his retirement in 2007, to take part in a video project capturing his perspectives on living and dying. We are indebted to Dr. Mount for inviting us into his home and sharing his story with...
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A few years ago I ran away from home and took my kids with me. As we approached the first Christmas following my husband’s death to cancer, an unbearable sadness swallowed each of my kids. For anyone who has experienced loss, the holidays become reminders that the deceased is noticeably absent. Nadine...
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