Providence Hospice & Palliative Care Video Shows How Hospice Patient Celebrates Life

Sep 13, 2011, 12:30 ET from Providence Hospice & Palliative Care

SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Contrary to popular belief, hospice care doesn't mean death is imminent. For many people, choosing hospice care provides an opportunity to celebrate life and reconnect with loved ones. That's the story of retired professor David Hitchens, whose story is captured by Providence Hospice & Palliative Care in a video just released on its website ( and on YouTube (

Video viewers can watch Hitchens and his wife Joan talk (and laugh) about their hospice journey and learn about the services provided by Providence Hospice & Palliative Care, a division of  Providence Senior and Community Services. In this latest video, they can see the benefits of choosing hospice care early. Sometimes patients – including Hitchens – outlive their six-month prognosis. Many times their quality of life is far improved, as evidenced by Hitchens' celebratory attitude.

"It is a celebration, and that's a surprise to me," Hitchens said after several months of hospice care following a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer. Hospice has given him and Joan the gift of time. Time to make plans. Time to connect and reconnect with loved ones. Time to reflect on life. Time to share memories. Time to laugh. Time to love.

"Many people think hospice care is about dying, but at Providence, hospice is a celebration of life," says Providence Senior and Community Services Chief Executive Robert Hellrigel. "It is about helping people live life to the fullest every day they are in this world. In our country, too many people die in hospitals every day, clinging to technology and surrounded by strangers. We believe the end of life should be as celebrated and as sacred as birth. We hope these videos of our patients sharing their stories will help increase awareness of how hospice can help make that happen."

This is the second hospice patient video released by Providence Hospice & Palliative Care. The first, featuring Providence Hospice of Seattle patient Harvey Mehlhaff, can be seen here:  Providence Hospice & Palliative Care plans to produce more videos in the future.

About Providence Hospice & Palliative Care: Providence Hospice & Palliative Care provides care to patients with advanced illness and their families throughout Western Washington. For more information about services and locations, please visit

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