Finding Peace Beyond the Pain: Sunder's Journey in the Hospice

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Dame Cicely Saunders revolutionized the concept of pain by coining the term “total pain”, the sum of the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, emotional components that make up the total pain experience. Optimal pain relief may not be possible until all elements of the pain and suffering are addressed. This narrative describes the journey of Sunder in the hospice. A caring husband, and a doting father, he came to the hospice by force, in immense pain and suffering. He stayed on by choice and found the peace he was looking for beyond his pain and sufferings, ably supported by the dedicated hospice team. He was able to live the last few months of his life as comfortably as was possible, and left this world in peace, with dignity. The narrative reiterates the belief that hospice, with its philosophy of active “total care” is an ideal place for addressing the concept of “total pain.”

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-230
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 02-07-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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