Palliative Care is an approach to caring for and supporting people who have advanced, progressive life threatening illness and their families. It aims to relieve and prevent suffering holistically by treating pain and other distressing symptoms and by providing honest information as well as emotional and spiritual support.
There is no intent to hasten death nor artificially lengthen the dying process.
A little girl was walking along the beach. The waves were throwing starfish onto the sand, and they littered the beach. One by one, the girl picked up the starfish and threw them back into the water.
A man walked by and watched the girl throwing the starfish back one at a time. After watching for a few minutes he said “You know, what you are doing makes no sense. You can’t possibly keep up with the waves. There are thousands of starfish. What you are doing makes no difference at all.”
The little girl looked at the man. As she looked at him, a wave threw more starfish onto the sand. She picked one up and threw it back into the water. Then she looked up at the man again and said: “It made a difference to that one.”