Excerpt from the Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care website:

What is Hospice?

Hospice means a philosophy of palliative (comfort) care for individuals and families during the process of dying and bereavement. Hospice is life affirming and strengthens the individual’s role in making informed decisions about care.  Hospice philosophy stresses the delivery of services in the least restrictive setting possible and with the least amount of technology necessary by volunteers and professionals who are trained to help individuals with the physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs related to terminal illness.