Tag Archives: Holiday season

Children with Cancer Teach Us What the Holidays Are About

On the pediatric oncology unit, everyone knows that the only gift that matters is love

Many years ago, I worked as a nurse caring for children with cancer. And when I told people what I did for a living, their response was inevitably something along the lines of “Oh, that’s so sad! How can you … Continue reading

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Presence Is the Best Gift for a Loved One in a Nursing Home

The most thoughtful gift for someone who is separated from their old life is your time

We all know, whether we acknowledge it or not, that nursing homes are depressing places. No matter what they call themselves; no matter how nicely decorated and well-staffed they are, they are little more than repositories for the elderly and … Continue reading

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“The living are just the dead on holiday.”

- Maurice Maeterlinck
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