Debunking the Myths of Hospice Essay

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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, …show more content…
The first American Hospice was opened in Branford, Connecticut in 1974 (The National Hospice Foundation). To make sure that every person had the opportunity of receiving Hospice care, the Medicare Hospice Benefit was passed in 1982. This benefit allowed patients to receive end life care regardless of their financial state (The National Hospice Foundation). Dame Cicely Saunders was the main master mind behind the idea of Hospice. However she wasn’t the only person who was thinking of ways of dealing with death at time. Mother Teresa and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross were also giving ideas about the dying process. Cicely Saunders main point to get across was that the patient’s emotions should be treated, not the disease. Saunders said that once the persons emotions were taken care of, “nothing more can be done” (History of Hospice). Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, who had been studying death and dying since 1960 said, “Taking care of terminally ill patients is a privilege, not a gift, which not only teaches us about dying, but about living. All of those that have the courage to care for dying patients will be enriched by the experience” (History of Hospice). Mother Teresa, as she workers among the dying people in Calcutta, India, asserted, “Food, shelter and care are what the dying need, but even greater is their need for being wanted. What you can do, I can not do, and what I can do, you can not do. Together, we can do something beautiful for God” (History of Hospice).

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