I have had the extreme pleasure of working with Elizabeth on a Palliative Care Unit and saw first "hand" how therapeutic the Hugs worked. They provided an atmosphere that fostered: healing, calmness and opened the door for those necessary but difficult discussions. Quite often I witnessed a transformation amongst family and friends as they went from being fearful and feeling helpless to becoming more involved and open. Hugs are needed from the moment we are born into this world until minute we transition to the next.
Bravo for this article, as an Oncology/Palliative Care Nurse I have often been met with challenging conversations leaving me with the feeling that I should have been able to say something more supportive or said the right thing to foster essential conversations to enhance my patients/family members lives. I feel many would benefit by having access to these sessions so they can improve the lives of their own families/friends. Being able to have those kind of conversations now before any illness will enhance Quality of Life for all