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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) was established in 2005 and has since become one of palliative care’s most significant global days. Each year a different theme is chosen to emphasise an aspect of palliative care that people may not know about or that is relevant to current events. We’re delighted to be joined today by Dr Stephen R Connor, PhD, Executive Director Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), to tell us more about WHPCD 2022 and its call to action.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day occurs every second Saturday in October each year. A unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. The first WHPCD was in 2005 in conjunction with Voices for Hospice. WHPCA manages WHPCD for the international palliative care community. For 2022 the theme is ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’, recognising that the experience of grief and the need to heal unites humans worldwide, and that working together to build compassionate community support is essential to the quality of life that all people deserve. The global COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts around the world demonstrate the need for a greater recognition of the importance of palliative care as well as the essential role of Compassionate Communities to support the bereaved worldwide. The Compassionate Community movement is a growing initiative to develop communities that want to ensure that those with serious illness, the dying, and bereaved receive the support they need.
Please find the article in it’s entirety on the European Association for Palliative Care blog here ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2022. | EAPC Blog (wordpress.com)
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