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Daniela Mosoiu—Compassionate love 

Daniela Mosoiu—Compassionate love
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Daniela Mosoiu—Compassionate love
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0018
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date: 25 November 2020

The development of and leadership in palliative and end-of-life care in Romania-a country which has lived through crisis and challenge over many years-is a credit to the vision and compassionate response of Daniela Mosiou and colleagues. In this chapter, she talks about the place of the heart in the practice of compassion. In the case that she shares, the simplicity of reaching out in a spirit of tenderness and love frames the compassionate response to a child seeking comfort. The idea of a simple act of kindness as a precursor to the deeper compassionate response is evoked in the care shown and learning shared across parts of Eastern Europe. Here, the seeds of palliative care are taking root; Romania is helping to nurture that growth. This chapter is a prime example of compassion in action and how a clear focus on the patient experience can move the hearts and minds of both clinicians and legislators alike.

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