‘Embracing Life’s Transitions’ – A poem by Dr Nidhi Fotedar

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The Indian Association of Palliative Care celebrated this year’s World Poetry Day by publishing ‘A symphony of Words: A collection of poems‘ penned by our very own friends from the palliative care community. We continue to share a poem, each week, for our friends to enjoy!

The poem for this week, Poem #11 of 25..


‘Embracing Life’s Transitions’ by Dr Nidhi Fotedar, Bengaluru, India

In the end, when life grows frail and thin,
When strength is spent and hope grows dim,
There’s a comfort that we all can share,
A balm that soothes our pain and care.

It’s called palliative care, a gift of love,
A healing touch from those above,
A gentle easing of life’s last stage,
A warm embrace, a calming sage.

It’s not just medicine, but a gentle art,
A way to heal the mind and heart,
To give us peace and help us cope,
And fill our souls with light and hope.

It’s a way to honor life and love,
To celebrate the blessings from above,
To share the journey, ease the pain,
And help us find our way again.

So let us cherish this gift of care,
And honor those who give and share,
For in the end, it’s what we need,
To help us live, to help us lead.

For life is precious, and every breath,
Is a miracle, a gift of death,
So let us walk this final mile,
With grace and love, and a gentle smile.


About the poet: 

Dr Nidhi Fotedar is a final year Community Medicine Postgraduate at KIMS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Her interest towards palliative care stems from her passion towards improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

To read poems from the entire collection, please click here.

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