A touching video has surfaced showing how hospice can help make life beautiful, even in its final days. Howard and Laura have been married for 73 years, and as their granddaughter Erin explains, “Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days…I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them. Howard (Grandpa) is singing to her their love song, the song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II.”
“It began to go viral and all the outpouring of love lifted everyone’s spirits… including Grandma’s!” Solari wrote. “They originally gave her just a week to live, but hospice eventually deemed her well enough to go back home to live out her remaining few days. As of this posting my beautiful Grandma Laura Virginia is still with us resting peacefully at home. Our family along with the wonderful people from hospice are taking care of her and making sure she remains as pain-free and comfortable as possible while she prepares for her nearing departure. We all thank you so much for the love and kind words.”
It is stories like this that reaffirm for me the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to hospice, and are given the opportunity to plan for hospice as an end-of-life option. The Care Planning Act, The Hospice Care Access Improvement Act, and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) are all important legislative actions to support that can help ensure that more Americans can have beautiful end-of-life experiences like Howard and Laura.