Published on: September 1, 2020

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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:

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:

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:

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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:

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:

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.

End-of-life care for Serious COVID-19 Patients

COVID-19 drives home the importance of palliative care

Virtual Grieving: When Pandemic Death Stares Us In The Face

The 5 Stages of Grief, Explained

My patients are in the hospital, yet so alone. How isolation is complicating care during the 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.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

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:

Onam Celebrations at Pallium India

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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.

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A tale of two springs

“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.

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