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Old 09-29-2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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Bono's plea for 'dad's angels'

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By DAVE MASTERS
September 28, 2006

BONO has opened his heart about his father's death and told why he's backing a global hospice awareness day.

The U2 star's father Bob passed away in 2001 after losing his long fight with cancer.

And now Bono is throwing his weight behind World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - on October 7 - to highlight the work of the "angels" who cared for his dad in his final days.

The campaigning Irish rocker said: “In life, you try your best to hold on tight to your dignity, in death sometimes others have to hold onto it for you.

"The premise of hospice care is very close to the bone for me. The hospice was available to look after my father before he died of cancer.

"These people are kind of angels. They escort you to the door of your death; they are the midwives for delivery into your next life.

"The comfort and relief they provide is exponential, it spills over to family, friends, colleagues. It’s a blessing that everyone should be able to receive."

Bono - who is well-known for his role in erasing the debts of poor countries - also spoke of the need for hospice care around the globe.

He added: "In the poorest countries, where so many people are fighting for their lives, the conditions of death don’t get much of a look in.

"But how we care for the sick and dying is surely a litmus test of our humanity. Just as we fight for equality in life, we should fight for equality in death."

Fellow music legend Sir Elton John has also leant his support. He said: "Please join me in this initiative and make your voice heard."

Last year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was launched by HRH Princess Anne in London and saw more than 1,100 events in 74 countries.
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Thanks for posting that, Babydoll. Hospice workers are really quite amazing people. I never thought of what he said about them being, "midwives for delivery in to the next life." but that is exactly what they do.
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Re: Bono's plea for 'dad's angels'

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Saw this this morning, thought it might be interesting to Plebans...



By DAVE MASTERS
September 28, 2006

BONO has opened his heart about his father's death and told why he's backing a global hospice awareness day.

The U2 star's father Bob passed away in 2001 after losing his long fight with cancer.

And now Bono is throwing his weight behind World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - on October 7 - to highlight the work of the "angels" who cared for his dad in his final days.

The campaigning Irish rocker said: “In life, you try your best to hold on tight to your dignity, in death sometimes others have to hold onto it for you.

"The premise of hospice care is very close to the bone for me. The hospice was available to look after my father before he died of cancer.

"These people are kind of angels. They escort you to the door of your death; they are the midwives for delivery into your next life.

"The comfort and relief they provide is exponential, it spills over to family, friends, colleagues. It’s a blessing that everyone should be able to receive."

Bono - who is well-known for his role in erasing the debts of poor countries - also spoke of the need for hospice care around the globe.

He added: "In the poorest countries, where so many people are fighting for their lives, the conditions of death don’t get much of a look in.

"But how we care for the sick and dying is surely a litmus test of our humanity. Just as we fight for equality in life, we should fight for equality in death."

Fellow music legend Sir Elton John has also leant his support. He said: "Please join me in this initiative and make your voice heard."

Last year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was launched by HRH Princess Anne in London and saw more than 1,100 events in 74 countries.
Can you let me know where you found this so I can post it in News? Thanks!
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I think it's from the sun-online

But hey, it's a nice article!
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It's on contactmusic too, and surprise, not having any stupid obvious mistakes in it!
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That's so beautifully put This issue is something people shy away from thinking or talking about, but it will affect us all at some point. Good on Bono for drawing attention to it
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Being a nurse myself, i posted a link about this on EYKIW. here's the thread:
http://forum.interference.com/t165913.html

I was pretty thrilled to read the article. Very kind words for nurses.

thanks babydoll for posting this too!
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Old 09-29-2006, 05:27 PM   #9
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That is a beautiful article...I've always thought that if things were different (i.e. ability to focus and understand sciences), I'd be a nurse. I have SO much respect for nurses.
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in an interview ali stated once that her only regret was that she didn't become a nurse
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Wow, that just hit too close to home for me.

Do you guys have any more info about this?
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:45 PM   #12
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This is a brilliant tribute to the nursing staff in hospices. I work in a Medical Centre and I hear all the time how much the patients relatives appreciated the dedication of these people. They must see some very sad things and yet they still seem to have that power to make people comfortable. It's also a good thing that they're there for the relatives. One of our practice nurses left last year to work for the hospice. I said to her 'how can you face getting to know people and then see them die?' and she replied that she simply wanted to make things as easy as possible for the patient and relatives. It was what she could do for them that was important.

They're quite undervalued by people in general. It's a great thing that the B and Elton have done.

I hope that Palliative Care Day is a great success. to Bono and Elton and all those unsung heros.
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Nice article!!!

Bono has such a "way" with words
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"These people are kind of angels. They escort you to the door of your death; they are the midwives for delivery into your next life.

This is very true. I stayed with my Mom as she died from cancer as well. The hopspice nurses were amazing to both of us. I was blessed to be there when she passed, and the quote is so right. They are truly the "midwves for delivery into the next life."
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