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RichardRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-04 04:11 PM
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9. Hospice care focuses on this issue
I work as a hospice care volunteer helping support the dying process of folks with a wide variety of terminal conditions. It is one of the cornerstones of hospice that very few, if any, people need to die in pain. Some people wish to have more mental acuity than can be retained with full palliative care, but that's a choice each can make, not a medical requirement.

Hospitals, teaching or not, are there to prolong life, not ease death. Until there are thanatotic specialists graduated from top medical schools I would far rather die under the care of a good hospice program and a committed hospice team than in any hospital or other in patient care facility.

Richard Ray - Jackson Hole, WY
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