I am a retired nurse who spent many years as a Manager on the Medical Unit of our local hospital. This gave me first-hand experience observing families struggle with the dying process and resultant grief. I was proud of the way nurses were able to care for both patients and families at this trying time. I love palliative care and in my retirement saw an opportunity to take a more active, bedside role.
Additionally, I lost 2 sisters to cancer. One sister died at home. One sister was able to receive care at ARCH Hospice in Sault Ste. Marie. It was a time for my family to go from caregivers to sister, son, daughter and friend. She passed away while we stood around her bed singing a favourite hymn; a beautiful death. I cherish the opportunity to be a small part of this experience for families in our community.