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Hospice began as a completely volunteer effort in America. The first volunteer hospices were staffed by doctors, nurses, social workers and lay people who simply wished to provide care for the dying that was focused in a wholistic way to relieve the suffering at the end-of-life. They were inspired by the work of Dame Cicely Saunders and recognized that the traditional health care system was simply not responsive to the needs of the patients. They saw that it often failed to provide good pain relief, and sometimes used the patient to prove what medicine could do in an alienating acute care hospital setting, rather than focusing on respecting the patient's own wishes. They tried to bring about an awakened insight into the needs of the dying, and over time, their efforts succeeded.
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The assisted-suicide and euthanasia advocates are, therefore, at war with America's traditional values themselves, at war with you and those you love. Hospice, which has many representatives of both the pro-life and pro-death movements, is truly divided, though the public would never know. Mixing intentional killing with hospice is like throwing gasoline on a fire: it can only cause an explosion, injury and even death to many. Just because hospice deals with those who are dying does not mean health care workers should cause death intentionally!
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