October 12, 2019

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

We, a group of residents of Vasundhara Enclave, New Delhi, celebrated World Hospice & Palliative Care Day by organizing a 2-day “Volunteer Training Program” to a group of 15 volunteers, under the banner of Pallium India on 12th & 13th Oct 2019.

The event was kick-started with an inspiring welcome message from Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, chairman of Pallium India, through pre-recorded video. We all were motivated by his words.

This was followed by sessions on Introduction to Palliative Care, Community Participation, Grief & Bereavement, Home-Based Care, Communication Skills, End of Life Care, Basic Nursing Skills, Role Plays, Real Life Experience and Group Discussions, which were conducted by the very experienced, motivating and encouraging team representing Pallium India, comprising Dr. Mary Abraham, Dr. Parul, Ms Kathleen and Dr. Saima. The co-ordinator of the training program, Ms. Nandini Jayaprakasan had taken care of each and every thing (right from a place to conduct the program to arranging drinking water, food, tea etc.) to make us comfortable and enable us to concentrate on the training.

Most of us were not even aware of the term Palliative Care. After attending the training, we could comprehend in depth the meaning of the word Caring. The passion for giving care and accepting care from someone is hidden in our hearts. A few kind words and positive attitude can change someone’s perception towards life – this was one of the big learnings of this program. They have the power to ease pain in patients and caregivers. “My Care, My Right” has to be invoked in the citizens of our country.

We, the Volunteers of Vasundhara Enclave, pledge to walk through the pathways shown by our mentors with a heart full of Care, Compassion and Dedication to support our fellow human beings who are suffering from life-threatening or life-limiting diseases.

Here is some of the feedback we received after the event:

“It was very inspiring to meet the dedicated team of Pallium India – Dr Mary, Dr Parul, Dr Saima and Ms Kathleen. We need to create awareness in society about Palliative Care, and move people from self-centeredness and awaken their humane feelings…” – Nilima Dutt

“The programme was very informative. It helped us understand various concepts and the objectives of palliative care.” – Ambika Menon

“This session was an eye-opener for most of us. It is the need of the hour to spread awareness about palliative care.” – Prasanna Sivadas

“Some points may seem unimportant like taking care of your facial expression, body language, etc. while interacting with the patient. But they are very important. Ms Kathleen has given an insight into these which one may tend to ignore.” – Santha Jayakrishnan

“This training taught me the importance of patience and empathy while dealing with people with illnesses.” – S Radhika

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