Debunking the Myths of Hospice

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God tells his children, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation). Death is one of the most frightening and confusing times a person can go through. Watching a loved one pass away is also one of the hardest trials a person can experience. Many people assume that death is a time of pain and the only thing that they can do is mourn and watch their loved one fade away from the earth. This is wrong. There are ways that people can turn a bad situation to good. Dying doesn’t have to be painful and full of suffering. The County Hospice staff makes sure of this. The Hospice staff not only takes care of passing patients physically, but they also take care of the patients emotionally and spiritually. Hospice staff also plays a key role in helping families during the grieving process. Many people are unaware of what Hospice does and where they can find one, but Hospices have actually been around since the Middle Ages. People living during the time made shelters where they took in weary people who had no place to go. They called these places “Hospices” (History of Hospice). Later on, Dame Cicely Saunders had an idea to expand these places. Dame Cicely Saunders served as a nurse during World War II (The National Hospice Foundation). After watching all of the soldiers suffering during the war, Saunders was devastated to see all of those men die painful deaths. This sparked the idea for Saunders to create a place where people could peacefully die. She would call this place “Hospice”. The first Hospice was established in London in 1967 (The National Hospice Foundation). After opening the London Hospice, Saunders decided she wa... ... middle of paper ... .... "Signs of Approaching Death (End of Life)." Home (Hospice Foundation of America). Web. 07 Nov. 2011. . Life to the Fullest! | Hospice of Rutherford County. Web. 04 Nov. 2011. . Naierman, Naomi. "Debunking the Myths of Hospice." American Hospice Foundation. Web. "Old Love." Dashing Jash. Web. 26 Jan. 2012. . "The History of Hospice." National Hospice Foundation. Matrix Group International, Inc. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. . "The Psychology of Death." WYFDA-Wyoming Funeral Directors Association. Web. 08 Nov. 2011. . Revelation (also Apocalypse). Print.

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