Palliative Care – pushed through the cracks

2014 March 8
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“At the end of that day, I knelt beside her bed to say Good-bye. Lucy placed her hand on my forehead and said, ‘Bye, Lili, I am taking the best of you with me’… I felt sad, angry, helpless, and frustrated with a healthcare system and a culture that still does not embrace palliative care. It has to be pushed through the cracks, delivered bypassing the conventional medical practice…”
 
Read the article “Lucy” by Liliana De Lima, the Executive Director of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), in the Journal of Palliative Medicine 17:2, 2014. She talks about meeting her dying childhood friend, now with advanced uterine cancer. Read how Lucy teaches Liliana a lesson in letting go, as she prepares to leave this world. 
 
We hope this article makes you angry – angry enough to demand justice.

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