No one likes to think about dying, much less talk about it. So when a medical diagnosis is terminal, the first reaction is shock. The second is wondering what to do next.
Increasingly U.S. consumers are turning to hospice care, which is medical care with a different goal – maintaining or improving the quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization estimates (PDF) that in 2012, 1.6 million parents received hospice services.