Hospital da Luz Lisboa Work Published in the European Journal of Palliative Care

A team of professionals from Hospital da Luz Lisboa signs one of the articles published in the latest edition of the official journal of the European Association of Palliative Care.

The European Journal of Palliative Care, official journal of the European Association of Palliative Care, published in its last edition a scientific article signed by professionals from Hospital da Luz Lisboa. In this paper, resulting from the work developed in the Unit of Continuing and Palliative Care of this hospital (UCCP), the authors review the fundaments of the organization of their “legacy” by patients in end-of-life phase and explain its variations and benefits at many levels, including for family and caregivers.

“Creating a legacy – a tool to support end-of-life patients” is the title of the article elaborated by Isabel Galriça Neto, physician and coordinator of Hospital da Luz UCCP, Ana Luísa Gonçalves, Ana Guedes and Rita Santos Silva (nurses), Marta Poveiro and Nuno Pinheiro (psychologists) and Carolina Vidal (internist at Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada, with a medical internship at UCCP).

The concept of “legacy” arises from the fact that most people wish to feel that their life had a meaning, which will somehow persist – a wish accentuated with the proximity of death.
The organization of the “legacy” with the orientation of health professionals in the area of palliative care, aims to respond to that need and assumes a therapeutic nature.

This is a much undiscussed practice, which requires professional training and is not yet common in the units of palliative care – such as, for instance, to encourage and help the patient to gather in a box some of the objects most appreciated in life, make an album with meaningful photographs, write a letter or record a video or audio statement invoking memories and talking about ideas and persons that are important in their lives.