a call to community …

June 16, 2011

in Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Spirituality

Mary Ann Walsh discusses two key components of caring for the seriously ill …

” … people have two fears when confronting end of life: pain and isolation. Hospice and palliative care address them both. Advances in medications mean pain can be controlled. Medical staff can handle that. Dealing with fear of isolation lies in the hands of the rest of us. It is a call to the community to surround the dying and chronically ill with emotional support, prayer and the message that every moment of their lives has value to us. Every life has dignity at every stage.”

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