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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22

Palliative care

Palliative Care, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India

Correspondence Address:
Cherian Koshy
Head of the Department, Palliative Care, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum - 695 011
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.37189

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A care so whole for body and soul,
When pain and suffering take their toll,
Can we underestimate the team's role?
Making the patient's comfort their sole goal.

With limits for cure, but nil for care,
We are called to love and share,
We give and take, bless and bear,
'We have limits' Can we speak and dare?

Pain and suffering misery and sorrow,
The lot of those who live in time they borrow.
With a life limiting illness this their plight,
It behoves us to help them with all our might.

Morphine and syringe drivers are they all?
To those for whom pain may befall.
Shouldn't we understand 'Total Pain'?
To uplift many as they go on memory's lane.

'To live with hope and in dignity to die',
Is what we give before the patient's last sigh.
Giving all a good death they deserve,
Is our calling to those whom we serve.

'When pain is inevitable but suffering optional',
Shouldn't we give our best before the knell.
Yes; these are humankind's cardinal events,
'Yells, Bells and Knells'!

To ease pain with the ethos of care,
Is our vocation with our time to share,
With us, better do the suffering fare,
Topping our efforts with a silent prayer.

Help to the dying, to the bereaved the strength,
To the larger community, through breadth and length.
The message of 'healing and hope' we proclaim,
Through 'passions of touch' aflame.

Yes 'Its low tech but high touch' so we say,
When distress is common during any day.
We say 'We are with you any time as before',
'And will help you reach Mercy's Shore!

Death a leveller from the young to the old,
Our message to all is to be bold.
'Cause as in a war we loudly can sing,
Where is grave's victory and death its sting?


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