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Andrée Hoffman was found slumped at the breakfast table in her Toronto home after a devastating stroke. After a few days in hospital, she was moved to the Kensington Hospice.

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This old passport photo of Andrée Hoffman taken when she was about 30 years old, according to her daughter Basia Hoffman, who holds it while staying with her mother at the Kensington Hospice on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Basia Hoffman sees her mother, Andrée Hoffman, opening her eyes while at Kensington Hospice in Toronto on Feb. 8, 2012. Gisele Mulumba, the staff member at left, helps with some personal care for Mrs. Hoffman.

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Basia Hoffman gives her mother, Andrée Hoffman, a good night kiss at Kensington Hospice in Toronto on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Basia Hoffman hugs Kensington Hospice social worker Maxxine Rattner during a visit with her mother, Andree Hoffman, during her stay at Kensington Hospice in Toronto on Feb. 8, 2012. Globe photographer Peter Power was recognized with a National Newspaper Awards nomination for this photo.

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Andrée Hoffman passed away at 4:44 a.m., on Feb. 9, 2012 at the Kensington Hospice in Toronto. Staff and volunteers from the hospice join the Hoffman family for a small ceremony where Mrs. Hoffman's daughter, Basia, played three songs on the piano.

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Basia Hoffman says some words to her mother, Andrée Hoffman, covered by the quilt.

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Andree Hoffman's daughters Basia, left, and Tatiana, centre, embrace during the small remembrance ceremony.

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Members of each grieving family are joined by the staff and volunteers of Kensington Hospice for similar ceremonies each time a hospice resident passes away.

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A candle is lit each time a resident of the hospice passes away.

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The candle for Andrée Hoffman sits in the front window of Kensington Hospice for 24 hours after each resident's death.

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