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Why Does Hospice Exist?

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We could offer a multitude of ideas in an attempt to explain the reasons for the rise and growth of the hospice concept in the United States and around the world. However, we think the words of one current hospice volunteer and two hospice pioneers speak far more eloquently about the reasons and need for this unique and invaluable service.

“The greatest fear of those who are terminally ill is not death and pain, but the fear of being left alone, of dying without anyone by their side.

Hospice provides patients and their loved ones the assurance that they will not be abandoned, but attended with love and care when they need it the most.”

~ Hospice Volunteer

“At the end-of-life
when restoring health is no longer possible
healing becomes more
than just the relief
of pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

During this challenging time
healing manifests on the purest level--
an extension of the soul
a reflection of the spirit.

Taking the time to listen, to be, and share a part of yourself.

The greatest gift one can give
may be the ability
to walk with a person
provide them with grace,
strength and courage
on their path to transition

…and then let go”

~ Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS

“You matter because you are you.
You matter to the last moment of life,
and we will do all we can,
not only to help you die peacefully,
but also to live until you die.”

~ Dame Cicely Saunders
Founder of the Hospice Concept