Healing and Palliative Care: Charting our Way Forward

Updated: Jun 25, 2019

This article was published as an editorial in the journal Palliative Medicine in December 2003.  In it, Kearney and Balfour Mount talk about healing and whole person care in the setting of advanced disease and argue how lessons learned in this setting could be applied more broadly throughout healthcare.


"Healing has been defined as a relational process involving movement towards an experience of integrity and wholeness, which may be facilitated by a caregiver’s interventions but is dependent on an innate potential within the patient. It is not dependent on the presence of, or the capacity for, physical well being. Indeed, it is possible to die healed."

"Indeed, it is possible to die healed."

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