Hospice Services: A Valuable Resource within a Community

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Hospice Services: A Valuable Resource within a Community The concept of hospice care in the United States has continued to evolve over the past three decades. Initially met with great skepticism and mistrust by the general population and the medical community, hospice services and care are now considered a valuable resource and venue of care for those suffering from a terminal illness and for their families. The choice of hospice services and the approach of palliation of symptoms, comfort care, and the end of life can be difficult for a patient and family. The many issues that surround the concept of hospice care may cause the patient and family feelings of great sadness, grief, anticipatory grief, anger, defeat, loss, and many other complicated and gut wrenching thoughts and emotions (Chi Ho Chan & Fong Tin, 2012). With the support of the hospice care providers the patient and family have the opportunity to spend quality time together and share their thoughts, concerns, reflect on the past, and most importantly to communicate final good-bye’s and potentially seek closure to any remaining unresolved issues. The History and Importance of Hospice Services The beginnings for the hospice programs and services we see today developed from the idea and inspiration of Dame Cicely Saunders. Dame Saunders believed that three things were most important in easing human suffering and discomfort in the final phases of life. She believed that people needed

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