Challenges and Compassion in Palliative Care: Addressing Misconceptions and Cultural Dynamics

Challenges and Compassion in Palliative Care: Addressing Misconceptions and Cultural Dynamics – Palliative Care Nurse, Canada Persistent myths and misunderstandings surrounding palliative care present a poignant issue that profoundly impacts patient care and family dynamics. During my experience of providing end-of-life care to an immigrant from a marginalized community, I encountered a troubling situation related…

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Reflections from a silent guardian: The vital role of a social worker in palliative care

Reflections from a silent guardian: The vital role of a social worker in palliative care – Ms Vahini Bodasing, Hyderabad The vital role discharged by a Social worker in hospice care often goes unnoticed. Social workers help provide essential emotional support, facilitate communication, and help arrange practical assistance for palliative care patients and their families…

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Mishti Doi: From Chennai to Cooch Behar

Mishti Doi: From Chennai to Cooch Behar – Dr. Meenakshi V V, Chennai Unrelenting lower limb pain with an ominous looking lesion in the lumbar vertebral space brought 9-year-old Ajay (name changed) and his family from West Bengal to Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, in November 2022. The family’s worst fears were confirmed when the oncologists…

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The Science of Yoga and it’s benefits in a Palliative Setting

The Science of Yoga and it’s benefits in a Palliative Setting – Dr. Bindu Menon, Hyderabad Yoga is a mind-body practice which originated in India thousands of years ago, that aims to create inner harmony and integrate the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of life. What yoga can offer in palliative care is a holistic…

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Individual grief manifests as love for the community

Individual grief manifests as love for the community – Ms. Sailaja Tripathy, Bhubaneswar Deepesh’s association with Amrit Dhara Palliative Care Trust (ADPCT) was made possible by Ms Namrata Rath (Managing Trustee and Secretary, ADPCT), who was a source of support during his cancer treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Deepesh was a 25-year-old gentleman who was…

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Empowering tomorrow’s nurses is the economic force of Compassionate Care

Empowering tomorrow’s nurses is the economic force of Compassionate Care – Ms. Sangeetha Murugan, Bengaluru Imagine a hospital without nurses. It is a daunting thought that sends shivers down one’s spine, as it reveals a nurses’ profound impact on our lives from the moment we are born to the final moments of our journey. In…

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What is at the heart of nursing?: My recent Reflections

What is at the heart of nursing?: My recent Reflections – Erika Cleborne-Bérubé, Edinburgh I maintain that being a nurse involves far more than competently completing a set of clinical tasks, such as recording clinical observations, it must involve the care of the patient as a whole person. How one nurse can be the difference…

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Partnering with ECHS to initiate Palliative Care in Armed Forces

Partnering with ECHS to initiate Palliative Care in Armed Forces – Dr Savita Butola, Panisagar The armed forces have their own way of life, their own organizational culture and their own challenges. The medical services within the forces are organized so as to meet their specific requirements. Palliative care awareness, which is lacking in the…

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Unveiling Shadows: The Weight of Unspoken Truths in Terminal Illnesses

Unveiling Shadows: The Weight of Unspoken Truths in Terminal Illnesses – Ms Shelbi Baby, Ireland In times of terminal illnesses, the weight of unspoken truths can cast a shadow over the journey ahead. It’s not uncommon for individuals and their loved ones to shy away from having difficult conversations surrounding death and dying. However, as…

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