Khunying Chamnongsri (Rattanin) Hanchanlash spoke on how to address the spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at a discussion held by Contemplative Education Center on May 29, 2013 at Sabua meeting room, Prachasangkhomudompat Building, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University at Salaya.
University personnel and members of the public were among the audience of the talk titled "Spiritual care for dying patients", which was 43rd in the center's discussion series.
Khunying Chamnongsri said persons who care for dying patients needed to understand the nature of themselves and that the patients were filled with fear and pain.
"When we take care of a dying patient, we could be just caregivers. Providing spiritual care is something different. We've to understand and accept the end of life, and purify our mind by freeing it from anxiety, anger and other feelings.
"We shouldn't have expectations because they always lead to either disappointment or satisfaction. Our lives are preoccupied with expectations, and that prevents us from recognizing the truth," she said.
Khunying Chamnongsri is a benefactor for the cause of hospice care. She has donated land in Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan to Mahidol University for a site of the planned Center for Integrated Elderly Health and Hospice Care.