Queen opens palliative care conference at Norra Latin in Stockholm

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On Monday 12 April, The Queen opened the first national palliative care conference in Sweden.
In her opening speech, The Queen said that "palliative care was initially developed for the care of cancer patients. But according to WHO, this kind of care should extend to all patients that are seriously ill and in the final stages of life. This issue became particularly important to me when my mother developed dementia. I came into contact with Professor Barbro Beck-Friis, who helped my family and I during a difficult time. This experience also laid the ground for the establishment of the Silviahemmet Foundation."

The Queen also said that it was her dream for "training in palliative care, which protects people's quality of life, to be a natural aspect of all healthcare training in Sweden."