Hospice Cares For Terminally Ill During Final Days

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Terminally ill hospice resident Evelyn Breuning prepares to receive... News PhotoBed,Civilian,Colorado,Communion,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Illness,Lakewood - Colorado,Preparation,Receiving,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesLAKEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 20: Terminally ill hospice resident Evelyn Breuning, 91, prepares to receive communion in her bed at the Hospice of Saint John on August 20, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado. 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. Hospice administrators point out that their care costs about one third the price of hospital care. The hospice focuses on pain management as well as spiritual health as the terminally ill approach death. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)