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Jo Hockley—Spirit 

Jo Hockley—Spirit
Jo Hockley—Spirit

Philip J Larkin

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date: 24 July 2021

Having had her professional growth nurtured through the foundation of the modern palliative care movement, at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, it is clear to see how, for Jo Hockley, the hospice model contributed to the welfare of dying people and underpinned the later expansion into what became palliative care. Like other contributors, her Christian faith as a catalyst for her nursing role; palliative care practice attests to its importance in the history of palliative care. Her particular interest in caring for the elderly with palliative care needs illuminates the way in which the hospice/palliative care approach has moved beyond the cancer-orientated practice to one which embraces a wider and more diverse trajectory of illness. Underlying all of that, compassion is described here as the essential tie which links the past to the present and projects into the future. The need to value and respect each other is not only a core component of compassion but a prerequisite to palliative care practice so that the innate nature of compassion is enabled to bloom and not wither.

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