Stories About Hospice

Graciously shared by the family & friends of Hospice guests, past & present

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Apple Pie!

Submitted by: Dr. Davina Banner - March 17, 2017

When I think of apple pie, I am immediately transported back to childhood memories with my mom and grandmother. Helping cut up apples and trying to grab a sneaky bit of crust that may have accidently (on purpose) fallen on to the table. There really is nothing like that sweet smell of apple and cinnamon. I challenge anyone to think of something more homely and comforting …

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Continuing Bonds

Submitted by: Denise Torgerson - March 9, 2017

There was a death in our family recently. My husband's older brother had died. When I am out in the community, people stop to give condolences and ask "how is A..", my husband doing. One day when asked, the answer that came out of my mouth even surprised me."Oh," I said, "he's okay. He likes to keep his dead people close to him." …

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Rotary Hospice: They Meet You Where You Are At - Gently

Submitted by: Leslie Allen - March 2, 2017

Years ago, I worked at a local retirement home. One of our residents was a very ill gentleman who needed the extra care that our residence provided. I started to bring him little comforts from home - Red River cereal, crossword puzzles, or old maps to match up with some of his lively stories. We became friends …

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From Grief Came Gratitude

Submitted by: Andrea Reeves - February 23, 2017

Up until three years ago, I had never stepped foot within the Prince George Hospice House doors, a sure sign that in my adult life I had not been touched by death, grief or even loss. This all changed, however, when my good friend, Mearl, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer …

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A Bucket List Fulfilled

Submitted by: John's Rotary Hospice House Nurse - February 16, 2017

Our Hospice House Manager recently got a call from a rural nurse advocating for her 95-year old client living in a remote community several hours away from Prince George. She explained that his "dying wish" is to come visit his sister in Prince George …

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Self Care Strategies for Valentine's Day

Submitted by: Denise Torgerson - February 14, 2017

For those of us grieving the loss of a loved one, Valentine's Day can be difficult. It can heighten the awareness of your loss. And it is everywhere. You can't even go to the grocery store without being confronted with reminders of celebrations of love …

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Dad Loved You All

Submitted by: The Makowichuk Family - February 10, 2017

I'd like to take a moment to thank you all with genuine thanks and appreciation. While this does not by any means include all those souls with whom my father and his family have shared a bond within this time, we have the privilege of sharing Dad's love with you all …

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Be Gentle

Submitted by: Denise Torgerson - February 3, 2017

For some reason our culture has dictated that feeling sad is bad. We are taught to avoid negative feelings at all costs. When someone we love dies, we are told that to grieve openly, or privately for that matter …

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Yellow Rose

Submitted by: Rudy's Wife - January 27, 2017

I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn't hungry. The pain of losing my husband of 37 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories …

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I Watched My Father Die at Hospice

Submitted by: Norm Coyne - January 19, 2017

I watched my father die at hospice. Truth be told, we were never very close. I am not saying I didn't love him, but I realized after he passed that I never really knew him. That is what eventually made me cry …

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