Story last updated at 3:28 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

November is hospice month
November is National Hospice Month, a time to acknowledge the revolution that has taken place in this country's health care.

When we reflect on health-care breakthroughs, we most often think of new technology or miracle drugs, not hospice. However, the hospice story is unique and quite remarkable. In just three decades, hospice has quietly and radically changed the options available to people who die in this country. Hospice of Homer has been part of this revolution since 1985.

Hospice of Homer provides direct care, support and education to the residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula and their families, to ensure comfort, dignity and choice during life-threatening illness or the transition of dying. HOH's approach is holistic -- a concern for the entire person, with focus on quality of life and amelioration of emotional, spiritual, mental and physical pain.

As Cicely Saunders, Mother of Modern Hospice Movement said, "You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.

For more information about Hospice of Homer and the free services we provide, stop by the hospice office at 3953 Bartlett Street, or call 235-6899.

Volunteers are always appreciated.

Darlene Hilderbrand, executive director

Hospice of Homer