In our 26th year, Mary Washington Hospice continues to support some of the most vulnerable patients in our community. Our interdisciplinary team provides medical, emotional, and spiritual care for patients and support for their families, with no additional financial burden for those who are unable to pay. The primary goal of hospice care is a very simple one: to ensure that every moment counts, in the last six months of life. Rather than seeking a cure, hospice care aims to make their remaining time with us as comfortable and as meaningful as possible. This may mean pain relief and nursing care, but also includes complementary alternative therapy services such as art, music, and massage, and arrangements for hospice related medications, medical equipment and supplies. During the last few months of life, physical well-being is only one aspect of care. Terminally ill patients also have emotional and spiritual needs that need to be met, and that’s where our team of counselors and spiritual care providers come in. Caregivers can also need support during and after the hospice process. Making sure that those caring for a hospice patient are informed, supported, and listened to is crucial to helping families and loved ones get as much as possible out of the time they have left together.