Published on: January 28, 2016

All palliative care nurses can take pride in the fact that the founder of the hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders, had started out as a nurse. Two of her followers were recently honored in Kerala.

Smt Radha was in government service in Thrissur. She had started out as a staff nurse and retired as the District Nursing Officer in 2001 after 33 years of service. Her humane service stood out as a beacon and helped as a guiding light to a lot of younger nurses. After retirement, she is more active than ever as a volunteer at Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur. On 17 January 2016, at a function organized by the ATMA foundation (, Sri Therambil Ramakrishnan (honorable MLA) and Smt Ajitha Jayarajan (honorable Mayor of Thrissur, herself a volunteer in palliative care) honored Radhedathi (as Smt Radha is fondly called). It was Pallium India’s privilege to be present at the event.



Rev. Sr. Elizabeth is a super woman. With the help of two trainee nurses, she manages a large establishment with about 50 inmates, the majority of them destitutes and many of them requiring palliative care. Pallium India is privileged to be associated with Karunya Vishranthi Bhavan where she works and to provide medical support for their palliative care patients. On 20 January 2016, Sr Elizabeth was honored by K.C. Vamadevan Foundation with the prestigious K.C. Vamadevan award. The award was presented by Sri Adoor Gopalakrishnan at a function in Trivandrum.

Sr Elizabeth award

One response to “Two exceptional nurses honored”

  1. Jaikishen Krishnanath says:

    Wish and hope many more nurses will follow their path ……..