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Saying goodbye

February 28, 2014

I have always felt that the biggest honor in nursing is to be present with a patient and their family during their last moments in life.  The connection that is established in the most painful moment is deep and meaningful.  Some may argue birth is the best but I honestly believe witnessing grief, vulnerability and pain is the most important.

If you have never experienced death you won’t understand yet.  But imagine allowing a complete stranger to be with you, comfort you and care for you at your weakest moment. THAT is nursing.

I thank all those families and long departed patients who let me be with them during this time.  I remember you all still and will always treasure those moments.

Here is another nurse who is making a difference in the lives of those who leave us:

http://www.canadian-nurse.com/en/articles/issues/2014/february-2014/saying-goodbye

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One Comment
  1. Jennifer,

    We lost our Mother to cancer in April 2008. It was a very trying time for our family, but what helped was having our Mother at Marion Hospice In Vancouver allowed us to say goodbye and for our Mother to experience dignity in her final days. The work of you and others is greatly appreciated by your patients and their loved ones.

    Mike Bisson

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