Hospice is a not a place, but rather a philosophy of holistic end-of-life care and a program model for delivering comprehensive palliative care to people who are in the final stages of terminal illness, and to their loved ones, in the home or a home-like setting known as an in-patient hospice. Hospice provides palliative care in the last months of life. It involves a team-oriented approach that is tailored to the specific physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the person and includes support to the family during the dying process. Hospice also provides bereavement support after death occurs.

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