Hospice Cares For Terminally Ill During Final Days

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Hospice volunteers embrace following a memorial service for several... News PhotoColorado,Death,Embracing,Following,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Lakewood - Colorado,Memorial Event,Patient,USA,Volunteer,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesLAKEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 08: Hospice volunteers embrace following a memorial service for several patients who recently died at the Hospice of Saint John on September 8, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado. Staff and volunteers often become very attached to long-term patients before their deaths.The non-profit hospice, the second oldest in the United States, accepts the terminally ill regardless of their ability to pay, although most residents are covered by Medicare. End of life care has become a contentious issue in the current national health care debate. The hospice focuses on maintaining quality of life, pain management and spiritual health as the terminally ill approach death. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)