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December 2014 - Newsletter

CHAIRPERSON’S NEWS

First and foremost I would like to pay tribute to the late Greta Schoeman, the Founder of the Hospice Movement in South Africa, who passed away recently in Durban, aged 79.  She was the prime instigator of palliative care in South Africa, and in 1982  established the first hospice at her home in Durban where she nursed dying patients with the help of volunteer nurses and her two young children, whom she encouraged to communicate with the patients.  Although she was heavily criticized for this, she felt that exposing children to cancer, death and dying, was a perfectly natural thing to do.

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