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What is hospice and how can we help you?

Hospice is a philosophy of care about living life to the fullest.

It’s about dignity, grace, and hope. It’s about making your own choices and controlling how you live.

Hospice of the Northwest helps you live fully, with dignity, and on your terms. We provide  compassionate care along the journey by focusing on palliative care at the end of life, and by supporting your family, friends, and loved ones who care about you.

Hospice is a philosophy that everyone—young and old—should know about.

Hospice offers:

  • The comfort of days without pain
  • The promise of facilitating important conversations
  • The joy of checking off your “bucket list”
  • The solace of bereavement care and support

Whether medical, emotional, or spiritual, our caring and experienced team will help fulfill your unique needs and end-of life-goals.

For Patients

Hospice helps you live life on your terms with high quality and compassionate care. We provide support, manage medications to alleviate discomfort, and help you and the people who love you navigate your journey according to your beliefs, desires, and goals. Your hospice care team is available wherever you live: in your home, a family member’s home, a hospital, a nursing facility, or an assisted living facility. Our goal is to keep you where you are comfortable, surrounded by the people you love.

For Caregivers

Hospice can help you care for your patient without the stress of managing on your own. Our support and education services give you the tools and skills you need to provide any level of care with confidence.

For People in the Circle of Support

Hospice provides caring support and valuable training for the circle of support of our patients. We’ll help you deal with insurance policies, navigate through legal issues and social services, and connect you with additional resources in your community so you don’t have to work through these often-confusing options on your own. Hospice also provides bereavement services for 13 months after a loved one’s death. Your care team is ready for whatever support you need, whenever you need it, 24 hours a day.


Have the conversation. The time is now.

No matter what your stage of life, NOW is a good time to start having important conversations with your loved ones about end-of-life care. Things to consider and talk about:

  • What do you want?
  • What don’t you want?
  • How do you see yourself living out your days?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • Who will care for you?
  • Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself?

These are important considerations that you can decide now. This can relieve your loved ones of the burden of making difficult decisions without knowing your wishes. Don’t wait. Start planning now and let us know if we can answer any questions.

The Conversation Project

Also, visit The Conversation Project at:

The Conversation Project for more information on how to get the conversation started. Below we have listed links to their starter kit in 3 different languages.

“The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. We developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care.” -The Conversation Project

Click here to get your conversation starter kit:

For loved ones of a seriously ill child, the Pediatric Conversation Starter Kit is specifically designed to help offer guidance about “having the conversation” with a child.

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

It’s important to write down your goals, values, and preferences in your health care directive. It is also important to choose a Health Care Agent who can carry out these wishes in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest in conjunction with the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association has created an advanced directive which serves as a legal document to let your wishes be known to loved ones. Advanced care planning is for all adults and provides information about future health care decisions if you had a sudden illness or accident and could not make your own decisions.

If you would like to have any of this information mailed to you, please contact the office and one of our dedicated staff members will be happy to help.

(360) 814-5550 or email us at: hospice_info@hospicenw.org

Hospice is not costly.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. If none of these are available, our generous donors make sure that no one is ever turned away from hospice care.

It was unexpected: everything felt like it was happening so fast. The staff immediately jumped in and started handling things I didn’t even consider. It’s like they slowed down time, so I could breathe and enjoy the time I had left with my son.
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