The Hospice Movement

Archive Report

Treatment of Terminally Ill

New Interest in Alternative Approaches

Anyone who has witnessed the trauma of a loved one dying of cancer knows that it is one of life's most horrifying experiences. Cancer deaths can involve months of agonizing pain for the patient and frustration for the patient's family. Adding to the predicament is the fact that most cancer patients die in hospitals — institutions that many believe are better equipped to cure the sick than to treat the terminally ill.

In recent years, a growing number of cancer victims and their families have found comfort and support in the hospice movement, which is committed to helping terminally ill patients and their loved ones confront death calmly, with dignity and without pain. The movement's primary goal is ...

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