As a chaplain and bereavement coordinator for Weinstein Hospice, Deanna Lawrence said she’s “shared and witnessed in many emotional, spiritual and life changing moments with our patients.

“It’s not an easy decision to choose additional support through a palliative care program when one knows hospice may be the next step along their life’s journey. As hard as that decision is, we strive to provide additional support, knowledge, understanding and comfort, before the decision for hospice is near.”

Hospice care focuses on people with advanced life-limiting illnesses who have a life expectancy measured in six months or less, and provides comfort and quality of life rather than a cure, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.