History of Hospice
Hospice is a medieval term for a way station, where travelers rested from their journeys. In the late 19th century, hospice was used to describe places where nuns cared for the dying. The term was first applied to specialized care for dying patients in 1967 by physician Dame Cicely Saunders, who founded the first modern-day hospice - St. Christopher's Hospice - in a suburb of London.
In the United States today, more than 3,000 local hospice and palliative care programs offer specialized care to people suffering from fatal illnesses.
For more information, visit these websites:
National Council of Hospice & Palliative Care Professionals
American Cancer Society
Social Security Administration
Or call the National Hospice Helpline at 1-800-658-8898.