Letter: Learn more about hospice care in Berkshires

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Learn more about hospice care in county

To the editor:

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country. These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life's most difficult journey.

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from HospiceCare in The Berkshires by calling (413) 443-2994.

Denise Granger, Pittsfield The writer is executive director, HospiceCare in the Berkshires.


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