Communicating with a Child who is Terminally ill

Communicating with a child who is terminally ill: Does it matter? The following conversation takes place on a random working day at Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. Shreshta and Soumitra usually have a routine discussion about the overall status of the patients seen, at the end of a particular day. Soumitra: Shreshta, did you check on…

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‘SUBHITA’, The Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center’s Experience

‘SUBHITA’, The Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center’s Experience – Ms. Poonam Bagai, New Delhi Subhita, the Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center located in close proximity to AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, is India’s one and only stand-alone Pediatric Palliative Care Center (PPCC) catering to children with childhood cancer malignancies. A vital service of Cankids…

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Forgiveness as a spiritual tool in palliative care

Forgiveness as a spiritual tool in palliative care – R. Vijayalakshmi, Chennai A lady in her mid sixties with a diagnosis of advanced cancer, came to our clinic for symptom management. When I enquired about her family, she spoke about her daughters and her son. It was evident that she was yearning to establish contact…

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Broken crayons colour just as well!

Broken crayons colour just as well! – Lavanya Krishnakumar, Chennai Sahil (name changed) looked at me with a twinkle in his healthy eye; the bandage on his other eye seemed larger than his thin, small face. His mother, delighted at finding someone who could speak her language, was telling me all. But I, was distracted.…

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Stories from our COVID Heroes!

My Experience from the battle fields of a COVID Hospital – Dr. Ram Singh, AIIMS, New Delhi The constantly evolving novel corona virus infection and the havoc it unleashed has created a lot of clamor among health care professionals globally. Despite advancements in medicine and medical technology, this pandemic manufactured a situation that was so…

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Father’s Day, 20 June, 2021

Globally, Father’s day is celebrated on June 20 to celebrate, recognize and honour fathers’, father figures, paternal bonds and the role of fathers’ in the society. We chose to honour fathers’ and the paternal bond that palliative care professionals so often share with their patients while caring for them by bringing to you Mr. Lakshminarayanan’s…

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We Celebrate Mothers

Mother’s day 9th May The World celebrates Mother’s Day on 9th May each year, with renewed enthusiasm, grandeur and gratitude. Our Social media networks, the commercial ads and every other platform get flooded with portraits of a ‘Mother’ and enlists her various attributes and virtues of unconditional love, sacrifice, patience, heroic, suffering and many more……

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World Social Work Day: 16th March, 2021

The World Social Work day is a day, especially ear marked in a year, to celebrate social workers across the globe to appreciate and acknowledge their crucial and phenomenal contribution to mankind. The International Federation of Social Workers (www.ifsw.org) declared ‘Ubuntu: I am Because We Are’ as the theme for 2021 as it highlights the…

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“If It Were My Mother!”

How the care you provide makes the patient and family relieved from their suffering! Not only the physical suffering; here is an experience shared by Dr. Biji M. S. of Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalasseri. Chandramathi’s (name changed) disease, Carcinoma rectum, was in an advanced stage when she first came to our Palliative clinic, a year…

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