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The Need for Touch

There is a sense of the untouchable when one has a terminal disease. Often, only the medical staff touches the patient in a professional way, to see if the patient is hot, cold, to check their blood pressure, and so on. Touching and being touched is a two-way street that is an avenue for communication. It is possible with touch to facilitate healing, reduce suffering, and alter pain. You can communicate to the patient that you are there, that you are fully present in that moment. It is another way of being of service, and it is not always necessary to include any verbal communication with touch.

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