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I wrote this in November 2015 to my Mother when we first found out she had Lung Cancer. I had it framed and we sent a copy to the Cancer Centre in Sudbury where she had a short stay for radiation therapy. In Loving Memory of our Mom, Lilliane Moreau née Ferguson 1954-2017. A letter to Mom Cancer has...
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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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As I turn the corner from the elevator I come face to face with the corridor leading to the palliative care ward on the eight floor of St. Boniface Hospital. At first glance it looks like any other ward in a hospital. The corridor is filled with dollies piled high with supplies; towels, food trays, TV...
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The loud thud against the window of the cabin startled the group. A bird had flown hard into the glass and dropped to the ground outside the window. Sarah rushed outside to check on the bird and the rest of us waited quietly for news. Ten young adults were gathered in the small rustic log cabin built...
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During the Christmas season that would turn out to be Dad’s last, our extended family gathered as usual for its Christmas celebration – children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and dogs with the eighty-five year old patriarch and our mother at the heart of it all. In many respects the festivities...
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