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Origins And Development Of The Hospice Approach, The Hospice Option

Hospice programs have the mission of supporting a meaningful quality of life for terminally ill people and their families. What exactly is a hospice program? How and why did these programs begin? What kind of assistance do they provide? How can terminally ill people and their families make informed decisions about seeking the hospice option? Questions such as these have been raised with increasing frequency in recent years as both the general public and health care professionals have demonstrated a willingness to discuss the once-taboo topic of dying and death (Feifel 1959; Becker 1973).

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