Mandela’s Illness Puts Palliative Care In The Spotlight

Ailing human rights icon Nelson Mandela’s ill health and repeated hospital stays have put the spotlight on palliative care, a growing branch of medicine that provides
“Mandela is clearly an important public figure and his high-profile case helps raise awareness of palliative care,” said Dr. Sean Morrison, director of palliative care at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.seriously ill patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and the stress of sickness.

Palliative care specialists, including doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care providers, work together to improve quality of life for patients and their families, Morrison said. Most palliative care physicians are internists or practice family medicine with an additional subspecialty and board certification in palliative medicine. –>Read More

Hallmark Greeting Cards for the ‘Final Goodbye’


Healthcare activist Regina Holliday is  lobbying Hallmark, the world’s largest distributor of greeting cards, to offer a line hospice cards.



During the two months that Regina Holliday’s husband, Fred, was hospitalized with cancer, he received a tower of “Get Well Soon” cards, each a reminder of the friends and family who cared about him. But when all hope for recovery was gone and he entered hospice care, the cards stopped coming. Click here to read more.