World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support the global hospice and palliative care movement. Every year, on the second Saturday of October, all around the world people gather together to celebrate. This year, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will be celebrated on October 14th.
When talking about Hospice care, we refer to a form of treatment, known as palliative care that addresses not only the symptoms and pain of terminally ill patients but also their emotional and spiritual needs.
Dame Cicely Saunders, a British registered nurse, was a pioneer in the medical social work sector. She strongly believed that is the patient that should be given centre stage in the care process, not the disease. Care provided to terminally ill patients should evolve around the concept of “total pain” which means addressing a patients’ physical, spiritual and psychological needs, while integrating family needs in the process.
Even today, the hospice movement is trying to overcome some important hurdles: there is still a taboo on communicating openly about death. Yet, it is our duty as a community to help care for our terminally ill members in the best way that we can.
The sunflower is a striking and powerful symbol for the hospice movement and for palliative care.
It faces East at sunrise and follows the sun to the West as the day unfolds. Much like compassionate carer, the sunflower chooses to look at the bright side, and to leave behind the darkness of its shadows. An interesting fact about the large sunflower head is that it is made, in essence, of hundreds of small flowers. What a wonderful representation of our community!
Spanish and expats, patients and health professionals, volunteers and committee members, members and sponsors, patrons and angels, we all join forces to do our utmost to offer care and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Together we are definitely stronger.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will be celebrated this year on October 14th.
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Sunflower by Emma Plunkett – also founder of Acompalia Artistica
Sunflowers by Steffi Goddard
Sunflower image from Monique Lessire – you can purchase items in Acompalia Centro, Lanjaron