Hospice Helps Veteran Visit World War II Memorial Hours Before Death

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Video of a Veteran’s visit to Washington, DC, is part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's “Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice” awareness campaign.

US Veteran under hospice care visits WWII Memorial in DC.

A WWII Veteran visits the World War II Memorial withhis family and support of hospice.

Don and his son’s journey to DC is a powerful reminder that the focus of hospice care is not on dying—it is about living as fully as possible.

A new video that is part of the “Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice” outreach campaign tells the story of Don, a WWII veteran who with the support of his hospice team was able to join Honor Flight and visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, only hours before his death.

Many people mistakenly think that hospice is a place you go to die. That’s not the case and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is helping show some of the ways hospice helps create special moments for patients and families.

“The moving video of Don and his son’s journey to DC is a powerful reminder that the focus of hospice care is not on dying—it is about living as fully as possible,” said Anita Brikman, NHPCO Senior Vice President.

One out of four dying Americans is a U.S. Veteran and hospices throughout the country are working to give these brave men and women the recognition and honor they deserve.

The opportunity Don had to come to Washington, DC, on Honor Flight and see many of the memorials that honor our military and meet other veterans and be saluted for all they have done for our country is a special moment that was made possible through the support of Rocky Mountain Hospice.

“Moments of Life” is proud to share this story that not only pays tribute to Don but helps demonstrate what hospice can do for the patients and families they care for.

The newly launched, national campaign “Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice” features stories gathered by hospices across the country of patients and families experiencing hospice care first hand. It shows that in addition to the high-quality interdisciplinary care provided, hospice also enables special moments and memories at the end of a life for patients and loved ones.

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