We don’t often post pieces of this kind on our blog, but I was so struck by the simplicity of this tribute when I read it, that I asked its writer if we could post it here. Dr Suresh Kumar, a good friend to our group and active collaborator, is well known for his work in championing community palliative care in Kerala, India, and far beyond. Here he wrotes of another Suresh Kumar, whom he first knew when they were medical students together.
” One of the two Suresh Kumars of 24th batch Medicos, Calicut Medical College. We were in the same batch and also shared the same name and initials. Unlike me, he has always been a quiet person. Old Malayalam movie songs were his passion.
Diagnosed to have advanced cancer a couple of years ago, but continued to work till last month, even while on chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Last few weeks, he has been under our home care unit’s care. Faced terminal illness and death calmly and gracefully.
We together made the care plan for him. He was clear about what he wanted and what he did not.
He was drifting in and out of consciousness last couple of days. Was lucid when I met him at home last night. Talked clearly, reviewed and approved my plans for terminal care and slipped back to sleep.
He died peacefully early morning today.
Someone who lived well and died well . It was a privilege to know him”.