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Obituary for Cheryl Anne McCulloch

Cheryl Anne  McCulloch
Dr. Cheryl Anne McCulloch RN PhD (Nee McConnell)

Cheryl left her earthly bonds on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 to return to her God. Born April 5, 1947; loving wife and best friend of Wayne McCulloch for 41 years; predeceased by father Robert McConnell and mother Margaret McConnell; survived by her sister Maureen (Jim) Kaufman; sisters-in-law Betty McCulloch; Sheila Murray (Guy), nieces and nephews: James Kaufman Jr (Jenny), Kris Kaufman (Sheri); Jennifer Kaufman (Jason), Jennifer Murray (Lee) and Melissa Murray-Collins (Greg) and ten great nieces and nephews.
Cheryl was a graduate of St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing ’69, the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing ’82 (BScN) and ’87 (MScN) and Case Western Reserve University ’97 (PhD). Cheryl held a number of positions in Nursing at St. Michael’s Hospital, Scarborough Grace, Scarborough General Hospital, Providence Centre, Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto and Ryerson. Cheryl was recently hospitalized and came home on Dec 12 in a Palliative Care Mode where she was constantly surrounded by family and friends with great love who shared many many memories of her full life.
Cheryl is resting at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Visitation on Friday, December 28 from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm. Since St. Mark’s Church in Stouffville is under construction, the Celebration of Life and Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary Immaculate Church, 10295 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario at 10:30 am, Saturday December 29, 2018. Flowers gratefully declined, rather donations may be made to L’Arche Daybreak, 11339 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L1, or the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
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Life Story for Cheryl Anne McCulloch

Cheryl, The Consummate Nurse

What an honour and a privilege for me to be asked by Wayne to say a few words about Cheryl as a professional nurse and colleague. When he asked me, the first thought that came into my head was Cheryl, the consummate nurse.
Of course, being who I am, I checked the internet to see if I had chosen an apt adjective. Wow! The synonyms filled the screen. Supreme, superb, superior, expert, accomplished, proficient, talented, gifted and on and on the synonyms flashed to meet my eyes. Cheryl, through the years truly proved to exemplify all these wonderful qualities.
I first met Cheryl when we were both asked to present papers at a U. of T., Faculty of Nursing conference, focusing on Nursing theories. We were both graduates of the U. of T. Master of Science in Nursing program, but not classmates. This was the occasion of our first meeting.
Cheryl was the last speaker and all the earlier speakers had lauded the praises of a variety of nursing theories. At the time, subscribing to a nursing theory as a basis for practice was considered the in thing at Universities and colleges of nursing. As well, hospitals were starting to incorporate them in daily use by their staff nurses. Cheryl, herself, used a particular nursing theory to guide her practice and was already seen as an expert. But she had doubts as to how useful theory-based practice was for the average bedside nurse. Cheryl delivered her scholarly presentation but at the end, challenged the audience as to whether obliging staff nurses to subscribe to a nursing theory was either practical or necessary. In other words, she brought question upon a sacred cow. Boy! Did she stir the pot! I loved her right then. She had real guts to challenge such a forum. As the years, later testified, Cheryl was correct.
When Cheryl had made that presentation, she was already a skilled, very experienced, registered nurse. She started out her career as a graduate of St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto, and later, pursued more knowledge by completing her BScN and MScN degrees at the U of T. She practiced as a staff nurse and as a manager and consultant in a variety of nursing specialties. A few years later, the Scarborough Grace Hospital had a position for a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology. Cheryl applied. I set up a small interviewing committee of directors and teachers to help me select the best candidate. I knew this committee could be tough and very selective. Cheryl, once again, impressed her audience and she was immediately hired. A few months into her employment with us, I met with her and advised her to create her own job description, focusing on aspects of the CNS role that were her priorities. I had confidence that however she carved her role, she would be meeting the essential needs of patients, their families, nurses and physicians. She was so creative and talented it didn’t matter to what she turned her attention. Cheryl was ubiquitous; she was at the bedside, in the classroom, and served on many task forces and committees, including the Ethics Committee of the Board of Governors of our hospital.
During her time, at the Scarborough Grace, she engaged in more scholarly endeavours. She pursued and completed her PhD in nursing gerontology and was asked to be a resident scholar at a nursing faculty at a University in Finland. Our hospital continued to be the beneficiary of Cheryl’s knowledge and expertise. In time, Cheryl join the staff of Providence Health Care, Toronto, as Director of Care and a little later, retired from nursing. Even in her retirement, her colleagues sought her knowledge and expertise on a variety of subjects.
Through the years, Cheryl remained good friends with many of her nurse colleagues. She was loyal, fun -loving and a continuing mentor. She even flew to my mother’s bedside when my mother was in her last hours so that she could help with my mother’s easy transition and assist our family to let her go.
Cheryl’s PhD thesis focused on the Letting Go process of families, particularly the female spouses of dying patients. In her writing she showed so much empathy, insight and respect for the families that she had studied. In conclusion, I would like to quote a few excerpts from a blank verse poem she wrote for the ending of her thesis. It will give you a glimpse into her sensitive soul.
I quote:

Letting Go

Some time ago, we started on our endless journey through life,
as wife, or daughter or granddaughter,
fate dealt us some unwanted strife…..
Through many years, we struggled to live in normalcy,
Remembering better times and all that we had seen.
But each new day brought changes that we could not hold back,
causing us to feel helpless and trying to stay on track.
Not knowing where to turn for help, we struggled on and on
Feeling tired, afraid and mostly hurt when recognition was gone.
So, when it actually happened, the slowly letting go,
Is truly hard to pinpoint – how, out of relationships we grow…..
Out of pain and suffering, a deliverance we ordered …..
and so, knowing their desires for how they wanted to be
A difficult decision we made in perfect harmony.
Let nature take its course with peace and dignity
Let them go in love, off to eternity.

Thank you

C.C. corresp. Dec.20, 2018

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