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
assurance that they will not be abandoned,
with love and care when they need
it the most.”
Sue Fox McGovern, Hospice Volunteer
“We live in a very particular death-denying society.
We isolate both the dying and the old, because it serves
a purpose. They are reminders of our own mortality.
We should not institutionalize people. We can give
families more help with home care and visiting nurses,
giving families and the patients the spiritual, emotional
and financial help in order to facilitate the final care at
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Psychiatrist and Author of
“On Death and Dying”
"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
Autumn Journey Hospice
5347 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75254