The decision to choose hospice is rarely an easy one.

While the hospice experience may not be for everyone, those who choose hospice find the compassion of caring for a loved one and the richness of sharing memories of youth, trials and joys a rewarding experience never to be forgotten.

Sparrow Hospice treats the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients. It takes place in the patient's home or in a home-like setting, and concentrates on making patients as free of pain and as comfortable as they want to be. We believe helping family members is an essential part of our mission, and that quality of life is as important as length of life.

Hospice is an option for anyone with a life limiting disease. Hospice can make days as good as they can be at a very difficult time. The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professionals, clergy or friends.

Around 40 percent of all hospice patients have cancer and many others may have end stage heart, lung, renal or neurological diseases. Regardless of a patient's condition or age, hospices open their doors and their hearts to all terminally ill persons.

Many surviving family members say, "I do not know what I would have done without hospice." And many credit hospice with helping to make those final days with their loved ones a warm and memorable experience.