World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was created in honor of people who dedicate their lives to patients suffering from serious health problems. Specialists do a great job so that each patient feels care and attention – these simple things are often not enough …
The holiday was originally created in 1989 by Sheila Herton for the purpose of charity: She raised funds for the needs of the sick and told people about Princess Alice Hospice. The woman started a good deed alone, but from the very first event she gathered around her like-minded people and people who were not indifferent to the fate of others. It’s amazing how one person can change the whole world!
In the 19th century, hospice care was provided by women – they were always volunteers and mostly came from churches. In the 20th century, more hospitals with hospice care were opened: ordinary people helped equip them, found furniture, and did repairs. Then came the Sisters of Mercy, who helped the impoverished population of Dublin, and then spread good deeds around the world.
Throughout the ages, mankind has been gripped by diseases that limit their world to the walls of a room. And only recently have organizations and professionals appeared that leveled helplessness. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was officially celebrated in 2005, and does not stop its work even for a minute.
Curiously, the hospice:
- is intended not only for the elderly, but for all people who are faced with terrible diseases;
- often considered the “final point”. This myth needs to be eliminated long ago, because people go to such a hospital in order to live, receiving quality care;
- works around the clock – the patient will never be left alone, there will be many doctors on duty around.
How to celebrate
Show that you have a big and kind heart by sending a donation to one of the foundations. Any amount can be decisive for a particular situation. Become a volunteer – you don’t have to come to the facility every day. To do feasible work for those who need comfort is wonderful!
When is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrated in 2022?
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is observed on October 9 each year.