February 22, 2009
” … The CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness …”
January 18, 2009
Dr. Balfour Mount is to the palliative care movement what Dame Cecily Saunders is to the hospice movement. Of course Saunders came first and introduced Mount to the new philosophy of caring for the dying in 1973; but, it is Mount who is the father of palliative care in the hospital setting. He coined the term ‘palliative’ and it was he who first brought this type of care into a large university teaching hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
“What has surprised me is how little palliative care has to do with death. The death part is almost irrelevant. Our focus isn’t on dying. Our focus is on quality of living.” â€”Mount.
I’m sending you to a couple of places to read about him. His influence and dedication is the very beginning of the hospital-based, pre-hospice palliative care movement that has been picking up speed in the last several years.
March 27, 2008
In January 2008, I interviewed
Khris, what got you into the work you are doing?
I think what got me into the work, really, is a lifetime of life losses. I lost siblings as a child, my father abandoned us and I grew up curious about the fact that I saw some people around me who were dealing with these losses in ways that clearly made them more, and other people around me who were dealing with them and they were diminished. I was pretty curious about that as my life was going on; I wondered why that was. Some people seem to be challenged and grow out of the experience and others were paralyzed. I certainly didnâ€™t verbalize that as a kid but I did grow up curious about death, grief and about loss.