Perhaps it’s time to consider hospice, holistic care that is designed for support and comfort in the final stages of life. There are many considerations: Is your condition terminal with a prognosis of less than six months? Do you want the care given at home or in a medical facility? Are you willing to forego […]
Cicely Saunders (pictured) founded hospice in England in 1967. She introduced effective pain management and insisted that people who were dying needed dignity, compassion, and respect.
"You matter because you are you and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully but also live until you die."
Image courtesy of St. Christopher's Hospice
In the words of Ron Panzer, President of Hospice Patients Alliance and forthright advocate for terminal patients, “There is no further need for Euthanasia Society of America‚ (or its successors) as the NHPCO is carrying on its work.”
The focus of hospice programs is not curing the underlying lethal disease, but caring for the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs while working to control pain and discomfort during his/her last days.