Palliative care describes health care that tries to relieve pain and suffering for patients with life-threatening illnesses while giving them and their loved ones information and support.
“Palliative care is essential for all patients living with a life-threatening illness,” said Dr. Lauren Shaiova, specialist in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. “They and their families need a type of care that helps them have a good quality of life for as long as the disease continues, and also prepares them for the inevitability of death.”
SPIRITUALITY AND FAITH
We are coming to realize that spirituality is of the utmost importance at the end of life. It may be found in the connections, relationships and meanings that give life passion, commitment and hope. Spirituality is that which ultimately concerns people when they are dying and life is put in perspective. It is at the core of all religions, and, in one form or another, it’s the comfort most people turn to when they realize they are about to enter an unknown place.