World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a holiday created in honor of the people who dedicate their lives to providing care and attention to patients suffering from serious health conditions. This day was established in 1989 by Sheila Herton, who raised funds for the needs of the sick and spread awareness about Princess Alice Hospice.
The origins of hospice care can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was provided by volunteers from churches. In the 20th century, more hospitals with hospice care were opened, with the help of ordinary people who donated furniture and performed repairs. Then came the Sisters of Mercy, who helped the impoverished population of Dublin and eventually spread their good deeds around the world.
In 2005, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was officially celebrated and has since been an ongoing effort.
- Hospice care is not only intended for the elderly, but for all people facing a terminal illness.
- It is often falsely thought of as the “end point” of life, when in reality it is a place to receive quality care and live as fully as possible.
- Hospice care is available 24/7, with many doctors on duty to provide continuous care and comfort to patients.
How to take part
You can show your support by sending a donation to a hospice care foundation. Any amount can make a difference. You can also become a volunteer and help those who need it. Even if you can’t come to the facility every day, you can still do something meaningful for those in need.
When is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrated in 2023?
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is observed on October 9 each year.