Life is fatal.
Sooner or later we all die.
Most would choose for it to be later, peaceful and pain-free.
But life and death aren’t always that well-ordered.
It isn’t easy watching someone we love die and not everyone is able to give their loved ones the care they need while dying.
This is where hospices come in.
They provide a very high standard of palliative care in their facilities and in the community for people who choose to die at home.
Their care is not just for the dying but for those who will survive them.
Hospices help the dying live well for as long as they can then help them die well without either prolonging or hastening the death.
The success of the work they do provides a very strong argument against euthanasia.
Theirs is difficult but essential service and the funding boost National has pledged will help hospices and their staff do more.