Advocacy Officer for Human Rights and Palliative Care International Association Hospice and Palliative Care (AHPC) (USA)
The concept of dignity is at the core of human rights. Palliative care teams, whether secular or faith based, support the dignity of older persons facing life-limiting illnesses until natural death by bringing light into the darkness of serious illness. By providing impeccable clinical, psycho-social, emotional, and spiritual care, they express God's cherishing of the most vulnerable among us. The Workshop and the Charter will produce an ecumenical and rights based instrument that can be used for palliative care advocacy in multiple contexts, particularly to offset the global movement in support of legalised aid in dying and euthanasia.