Why hospice?

‘You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die.’ (Cicely Saunders).

This quote sums up very succinctly why Hospice exists and why so many passionate people work and volunteer at Hospice. People matter, in particular, people matter when they are sick and when they are dying. We believe that no matter your circumstances, you deserve to be pain free, have your symptoms (both from the illness and/or treatment) managed; and to live as dignified and complete a life as you are capable of, until you die. We will try to help you achieve this.

We want to help you live as completely as possible until you die.

The Msunduzi Hospice Association embodies this belief through activities within the community of Msunduzi (greater Pietermaritzburg). Msunduzi Hospice offers Hospice and Palliative care. “Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” (World Health Organisation). A more focused and specialised field of palliative care focuses on children. This care is provided by Msunduzi Hospice to anyone who has need of it and who meets our admission criteria (listed below).

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