A night in the palliative ward

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It was my turn to be on call during Easter. My pager went off shortly after midnight. “Lawrence, one of our patients is crashing. We need your support here,” the nurse from the palliative ward said. A woman in her 80s was dying and her family was not ready to let her go.

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Thanks for the memories

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

She was lying with her back to me. By then, she needed help turning in her bed, and there was no room at the other side for me to sit to face her. But even with her back to me, I could be with her. I could wait with her. As I waited, I reflected on what this gracious 88-year-old woman of God had come to mean to me.

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Tending to the health of body & soul

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snapshots of parish nursing

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Caring for body and soul

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

“The church has a long history in health care…. nursing has always been the heart and centre of church-based health care. The characteristics of nurture, care, servanthood, and a holistic understanding of humans are central to nursing care.”—J.A. Shelley

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