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Thoughts on the Tragedy in Florida

Author: Edo Banach, JD, NHPCO President and CEO
19 February 2018

We have enough grief and loss without inflicting it upon ourselves. We are heartbroken by the school shooting in Florida, as we were heartbroken by the shooting in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and beyond. I am sorry to those who feel that it is not our issue, and not my role. As a leader, a father, a husband, and a human being, I feel compelled to write every time we witness these tragedies.

I wrote the following thoughts after the Las Vegas shooting, and I share them again today—

“As hospice professionals, we know that grief and loss are a part of life. But there is enough grief and loss. There is simply no place in a civilized society for the blatant disregard for human dignity that we saw in [Florida]. Let us also remember that 100 people die from gun violence every single day—in America’s cities, of suicide, and sometimes in mass shootings. This has to stop. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. America needs grief counseling, to be sure, and we’ll be called upon to provide it. But let’s recommit ourselves to making sure that we do more than that. Whatever our political leanings and religious beliefs, I think we can all agree that innocent folks should not be killed. In the coming months, I’m going to be talking more about how hospice and palliative care professionals can be leaders in helping America cope with its many challenges.”

Thank you for the work that you do every day.


This article first appeared on the USA edition of ehospice and has been used with permission. 

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Comments | 1


Professor Luisella Magnani

Dear Doctor Edo Banach, I completely agree with Each of the Words You have written for the World. I completely agree fully and deeply, and I am so sure that 'Hospice and palliative care professionals are leaders in helping America to cope with its many challenges', owing to their way of Caring with Heart understanding what is Beyond and Within, with Passion, Compassion and Action.
My best regards to You
Luisella Magnani

19/02/2018 21:06:29

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