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In my essay I will explain what hospices are, what they do and how

they do it. I will also cover who do it to and what their response is

to what the hospice have provided them with. This essay will also

explain how the hospice is the alternative to euthanasia, pain and

suffering. The Hospice movement represents one Christian response to

pain and suffering.

What is a Hospice?

A hospice is a home for the care of terminally ill (People who are


The aim of a hospice is to improve the quality of life of the dying

person and bring relief to the family members. Hospices are different

to hospitals because hospitals cure or treat patients for them to heal

and go back into society until they need treatment again from an

accident or check up etc.

However hospices take care of the people who know their time is near

so they go to this hospice to ease their pain and suffering and living

the rest of their days feeling loved and valued. When they are in the

Hospice they do not necessarily have to stay there and socialise with

the other patients, they can also leave the hospice to go out and

enjoy themselves.

St Christopher's Hospice


The founder of the modern hospice movement in Britain is Dame Cicerly

Saunders who was born in (1918). She had first trained as a nurse but

had to give up this because of a bad back. At one time of her career

she became very close to a man named David Tasma. Dame Cicerly

Saunders decided to set up the hospice because at the time of this

relationship she realised there should be a place for the care of the

sick people and wondered if she could set...

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...because normally people would die with fear of what comes next but the

hospice provides care for the mind so they have "Peace of mind." I

also think that the hospice is good because difficult problems should

be faced.

A man once said "The key to immortality is living a life worth

remembering." This quote actually came from Bruce Lee I'm amazed that

at his age he was able to think of such a philosophy.

The Christians agree with hospices because it is an alternative to

euthanasia. They believe this because if someone went to ask for

euthanasia and another to go to a hospice the person who went chose

euthanasia would leave this world troubled because they don't know

what is coming next. On the other hand the hospice gives them peace of

mind and understanding that don't be afraid of god for he is merciful

and loving.
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