A Good Death: The inside story of a hospice

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cjdevries
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A Good Death: The inside story of a hospice

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"Please call me by my true names so I can wake up; so the door of my heart can be left open: the door of compassion." -Thich Nhat Hanh

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Re: A Good Death: The inside story of a hospice

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Powerful.
“Observing samaya involves to remain inseparable from the union of wisdom and compassion at all times, to sustain mindfulness, and to put into practice the guru’s instructions”. Garchen Rinpoche

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Re: A Good Death: The inside story of a hospice

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The modern hospice movement as we know it was begun in the UK by Cicely Saunders in the 1960's. The hospice in the video is the "freestanding" type, and there are quite a few in the UK; in the US, there are some freestanding hospices, but home hospice has developed as the most common site, along with some hospital-based units. There are pros and cons to each setting; the UK model IMO offers a wider range of services and more options than the home version, such as the lovely garden pictured and the more social atmosphere.

In any setting, though, the patient and family/caregivers are supported throughout the dying process using a holistic rather than a medical model. In my experience as a hospice nurse for four years, almost all clients were able to meet the end of their lives with caring and dignity, like the ones in the video.
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