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AN ANALYSIS OF COMMUNITY-BASED HOSPICE PROGRAMS: MY PERSONAL SEARCH FOR VALIDATION OF THE HOSPICE EXPERIENCE

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Katherine Adams

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The end-of-life is never easy. In addition to the physical and emotional struggles of the person nearing his/her end-of-life, family members and other loved ones also have significant emotional obstacles to overcome. Because of our cultural taboo surrounding the notion of death, people are often hesitant to talk to others about this difficult subject. As a result, many patients and families struggle to find a way to help ease their physical and emotional pain and it can be difficult for them to know what resources are available to turn to for assistance. Drawing on a combination of primary and secondary research, including articles from scientific journals, data collected from research studies, conversations with clinical professionals working in the field of hospice, as well as my own personal experiences with hospice, my research topic examines the impacts of hospice care on patients and families. Through a series of structured interviews with a hospice social worker, a hospital chaplain, and hospice nurses, physicians, and volunteers, my aim is to illuminate the spiritual, physical, and emotional care available to patients and their families at the end-of-life through hospice.

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AN ANALYSIS OF COMMUNITY-BASED HOSPICE PROGRAMS: MY PERSONAL SEARCH FOR VALIDATION OF THE HOSPICE EXPERIENCE

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The end-of-life is never easy. In addition to the physical and emotional struggles of the person nearing his/her end-of-life, family members and other loved ones also have significant emotional obstacles to overcome. Because of our cultural taboo surrounding the notion of death, people are often hesitant to talk to others about this difficult subject. As a result, many patients and families struggle to find a way to help ease their physical and emotional pain and it can be difficult for them to know what resources are available to turn to for assistance. Drawing on a combination of primary and secondary research, including articles from scientific journals, data collected from research studies, conversations with clinical professionals working in the field of hospice, as well as my own personal experiences with hospice, my research topic examines the impacts of hospice care on patients and families. Through a series of structured interviews with a hospice social worker, a hospital chaplain, and hospice nurses, physicians, and volunteers, my aim is to illuminate the spiritual, physical, and emotional care available to patients and their families at the end-of-life through hospice.