The Hospice Movement was started in 1948 at St. Christopher's Hospice in London. A hospice can be either a separate institution or a section of a hospital where special care is provided for dying patients, ensuring that they spend their last days quietly, productively, painlessly, and lovingly attended to.
A friendly, non -institutional atmosphere is encouraged, and nurses and doctors are dedicated to providing patient-oriented services. In some hospices, patients live in private rooms decorated to their tastes and furnished with their own belongings; while others prefer to be in their own home. In others, patients spend much of their time commuting back and forth between hospice and home. In any hospice, visiting hours are open, friends and family are encouraged to come at any time, and visits from children, whatever their age, are heartily welcomed. The goal is to make the experience of dying as serene, dignified, and supportive as possible.