No matter what age, race, religion or financial standing, it’s a safe bet to say most people are fearful when it comes to the end of one’s life journey. Fortunately, local hospices that offer palliative care and grief support make things easier by putting emphasis on life rather than death.

“It’s all about living,” said Annah Grace Morgan, who is the Foundation Director for Shepherd’s Cove Hospice. “It’s not about dying … hospice is all about life and celebrating life.”

Hospice and palliative care programs enable patients and their families to focus on living life to the fullest despite a terminal illness by providing pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care.

But when the patient dies, the support doesn’t end. For example, Shepherd’s Cove offers various grief support programs such as Camp HOPE, Lights of Love and in-school programs to help families and children cope with loss of a loved one.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It’s a time set aside to raise awareness of the benefits such care brings to our communities — and often at little to no cost. Shepherd’s Cove Hospice prides itself in never turning away a patient, even if the patient or family can’t pay for it. Through donations and fundraisers, the nonprofit picks up the tab and removes the burden from that broken hearted family. The organization is able to do so through community support

Nearly 1.4 million people receive care from hospices each year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hospices are always in need of support, whether volunteering time or donating money.

The Reporter encourages its readers to help your local hospices.

Our View On the Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Taylor Beck.

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