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Hospice is one of those concepts we think we understand until it comes knocking on our door. Although there is always room for improvement and expansion of services, I was overwhelmed by the depth of medical and emotional care that was provided to my family during the hospice period. If there's no hope left for recovery, at least there is a way to die comfortably and with dignity.

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