The following is a letter to the editor written by Marianne Berghefer, hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator at Portage Health Hospice.
To the editor:
With the calendar flipping to November shortly, it’s once again time to recognize National Hospice Month.
Hospice care is considered to be the model for quality and compassionate end-of-life treatment. Hospice involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes.
Hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, a nursing facility or an adult foster care home such as Omega House. Healthcare professionals who specialize in hospice care work closely with staff and volunteers to address all the symptoms of the terminal illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity. Emotional, spiritual and bereavement support is also extended to families for 13 months after the death of their loved one.
On November 1, at noon, hospice and palliative care agencies across the state will be ringing bells in honor of all who have died under hospice care during the last year, and also in respect for their families and loved ones. We hope you will join us this year in ringing a bell at your home, office or wherever you happen to be at noon as we honor those who have passed in hospice.
Marianne Berghefer, Hospice Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator