Despite all the advances in medicine and healthcare, many are still robbed of their independence and sometimes their dignity by terminal illness. Their loved ones can experience a complete lost when they have exhausted all avenues and resources. My dad is one of these people. We fought a good fight together with him till the end. Despite his strong fighting spirit, family support and the best available medical treatment, he succumbed to the big "C" on the 1st day of Feb 2007. The 'journey' towards this end was a physical and mental battle but thank goodness there was hospice! They were like a speck of light in a complete darkness when you start to feel that you are losing the battle! Their touch are little miracles that deserved commendations! It is not just the medicine that they use but the words that they chose and sometime the silence that they opted to be, were all so comforting, so right! They were truly the "angels" at work.
I salute them and have every reason to support hospice care! They championed humanity and human dignity!