On October 14th, 2023, we commemorated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD). This special occasion was celebrated in a unique and heartwarming manner by the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) in collaboration with the Korean Society for Hospice & Palliative Care.
As part of the 15th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference held in Incheon, Korea, an inspiring Morning Walk Programme was organised on 7 Oct, the final day of the conference. Participants from diverse backgrounds, all passionate about the field of palliative care, were invited to join this event. They embarked on a leisurely stroll through the serene and picturesque Incheon Songdo Central Park.
This morning walk served as more than just a physical activity; it was an opportunity for attendees to breathe in the refreshing, crisp morning air, immerse themselves in the natural beauty of their surroundings, and engage in meaningful conversations with like-minded palliative care professionals. The event not only promoted physical wellness but also fostered connections and shared experiences within the palliative care community.
As a token of appreciation and to mark the halfway point of the walk, participants were treated to a warm cup of coffee, providing a comforting respite. Additionally, each participant received a commemorative WHPCD 2023 cupsleeve, serving as a tangible reminder of their participation in this uplifting event.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a day to reflect on the importance of compassionate communities for those facing life-limiting illnesses. The Morning Walk Programme in Incheon exemplified this spirit, bringing together individuals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients and their families, one step at a time.
Written by Ms Trudy Giam (APHN Executive )