The pandemic has forced us to think about death.
We try to suppress the fear, but it breaks through. Millions all over the world now live with the trauma of the sudden loss of a loved one, with no time for a goodbye or for dealing with unfinished business.
Dr Rajagopal and Jagdish Rattanani write in The Hindu: On pain, dying and suffering
Medical Council of India recognizes role of Palliative Care in Pandemics
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has launched a Pandemic Management Module for Undergraduates. Palliative care has found its rightful place in the module. Dr Dinesh Kumar writes: https://palliumindia.org/2020/08/mci-pandemic-module
About Death and Grief: Two events in collaboration with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation
On August 20, we organised a panel discussion on the topic “Why We Need To talk About Death and Grief”, moderated by Faye D’Souza. Panelists shared their heartfelt stories of grief and the importance of normalising conversations around death. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqnGuH9Ndek
On Aug 24, we came together to relive the memories of our loved ones and the impact they left on us. Their death will always be tough, but we shouldn’t forget to celebrate the lives they lived. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Ukvt9eREE
COVID-19 and the silent suffering
Death in the times of COVID-19 is particularly painful — no goodbyes, a hasty funeral and lasting trauma. What can India do to address it? Jagdish Rattanani & M R Rajagopal write: https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/covid-19-and-the-silent-suffering
The pathway to comfort: Role of palliative care for serious COVID-19 illness
“Empathetic communication and holistic psychosocial support are important in providing good palliative care in COVID-19 patients and their families.” Krithika S. Rao, Pankaj Singhai, Naveen Salins, Seema Rajesh Rao write in Indian Journal of Medical Sciences:
Silent Pandemic: The Toll COVID-19, Healthcare Are Exacting From Patients’ Kin
A family member suffering from any kind of ailment spells a difficult time for their closest relatives. However, COVID-19 has been especially dreadful. Indradeep Bhattacharyya writes in The Wire: https://science.thewire.in/health/covid-19-toll-patients-relatives-mental-health-stigma-transparency/
INCB, WHO and UNODC statement on access to internationally controlled medicines during COVID-19 pandemic
There is a need to ensure access to controlled medicines such as sedatives and analgesics for intubation protocols for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/14-08-2020-incb-who-and-unodc-statement-on-access-to-internationally-controlled-medicines-during-covid-19-pandemic
IAPCON 2021 postponed to October
Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) has announced that, due to the uncertainty posed by COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual International Conference of IAPC (IAPCON) has been postponed to October 2021. Read more in IAPC’s website.
This year, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) falls on October 10, Saturday.
Read more about the day and how you can get involved: http://www.thewhpca.org/world-hospice-and-palliative-care-day
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Obituary: Kimberley St John
In 2019, we had the wonderful experience of a week-long visit from one very special person from London – nurse Kimberley St John. It was to be the first of many visits to follow; she was also planning to bring students from London on study tours with us. This got cancelled because of COVID-19.
And now we get this devastating news that she died suddenly due, we hear, to a dissecting aneurysm of aorta.
Please read what she says about dying: Five Things I’ve learnt from nursing the dying. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Thank you for everything you have done, Kimberley.
- Sep 4: Online Foundation Course in Palliative Care for any graduate with experience in healthcare, and interest in palliative care.
- Sep 7: Online Foundation Course in Palliative Nursing
- Sep 7: FREE Palliative care training for health care providers treating people with Covid-19 (Pallicovid ECHO) in HINDI
- Sep 14: FREE Palliative care training for health care providers treating people with Covid-19 (Pallicovid ECHO) in ENGLISH
- Oct 10: World Palliative Care Day
- Oct 10: e-Manjuthulli: Virtual Sale and Exhibition of Paintings
“A young Border Security Force employee with just 2 years of service, has brought in his father, terminally ill with cancer and in terrible pain. My mind goes back to another spring and another patient who lay dying of cancer and his offspring who also wanted to be there to care for him but could not do so. ”
Read this touching article by Dr Savita Butola, “A tale of two springs”, published in the Indian Journal of Cancer.