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When I opened my blog the other day, I could hardly believe that it had been over two months since I last wrote here. There are many reasons for my silence – the intensely snowy and icy Ottawa winter that kept many of us hiding in our houses, reading books and longing for winter to end! The birth of my newest grandchild (and countless trips to Toronto to help with preparations and host a shower, and now hours upon hours of walking with her, delighting in the wonder of a new life in this world. A journey to Boston en famille to watch my older daughter compete in her third Boston marathon! Visits to my eldest sister as she recuperated from heart surgery.

I’ve termed this year in which I will turn 70 the year of the family – and it is certainly proving to be an appropriate moniker. It seems as though my “to do” lists consist of trip preparations and must-not-forgets; and my time at the computer seems to be spent booking VIA rail trips and hotels, rather than writing blog posts or brilliant stories. Moments are captured in fragments in my journal and photographs on my newest Iphone. It has been a fabulous year and I am quite literally full of gratitude.

Of course, I still wonder where I will find my place in the world of hospice volunteering. I keep up to date on events and developments in palliative care and surround myself with the newest books and articles on death and dying.

In closing, I wanted to share a moving article about hospice palliative care that appeared in a local magazine last month. It’s a beautiful reminder of the tremendous value of  hospice care for dying people and their families.

https://ottawamagazine.com/magazine/palliative-powers/

 

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