I wonder how many people are unaware of the blessings of hospice. Many know it only as a death sentence for their loved ones. Though many people I know have been in hospice for well over a year and even beyond that. I have just loss a beloved friend who died in hospice and the fact he was in hospice was the greatest blessing for the family. For this reason…
They were bringing him home to pass away in his own bed and he passed during the two-hour trip. Had he not been in hospice…they would have had to stop at the nearest hospital/police station to report that he died in the car. They would have taken him out of their car and to the ER to pronounce him dead and the family would have had to leave him there.
The same would have been true had he not been in hospice and died at home. The family would have had to call 911 and an ambulance would have had to come out to the home…take him to the hospital to declare determine that he had passed away.
Because he was in hospice…they continued their drive home and notified hospice. They reached home and carried him in the house…place him in his bed and the whole family ( and family pet) spend hours with their dad/grandpa…until they were ready to call for the funeral home to come and pick him up. He made it home ~ laid in his bed for as long as the family needed.
The same would have been true had he died at home while in hospice…the hospice nurse would have come out…then allowed the family as much time as they wanted. When the family was ready, the funeral home would be called. Nothing rushed ~ nothing hurried.
Hospice is the respectful way to approach the death process…Please consider it if your loved one has a terminal illness. This does not mean they will pass away next week - or even next month…it is a way to give the family an honorable way to say their goodbyes.
I have experienced this myself with my own family…hospice is not an end ~ it is an eternal blessing that you will hold close to your heart. I have.