Hospice is not a place, a building, or an institution; but a collection of ideas and attitudes directing the care of the dying and the support of their families.
The general principles that apply are:
Hospice care affirms life. Meaning that the dying are still living and they have a right to a comfortable meaningful life. Through this principal medical services are established to provide relief from pain and other symptoms. The emphasis is on comfort and improving the quality of life not curing the disease.
Hospice recognizes that dying is normal and that hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death. It does not advocate Euthanasia.
Hospice recognizes that grief is a normal response to loss and support for those grieving continues as long as it is needed.
Hospice care is holistic. Meaning the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual components are important and treated with care according to need.
Knowing that living and dying are inseparable. We begin to die from the moment that we are born. Every moment of life is precious and potentially rich. Knowing this and believing in the dignity of all, caregivers are trained to draw on their inner strengths of caring, gentleness and receptivity to foster an atmosphere of calm, sacred space where living and dying can be experienced intimately inseparable.
Striving to develop more wisdom and compassion through experience, reflection and meditation serves to continually renew our energy and interest in serving all sentient beings.
Buddhists aspire to value all life and respect all beings equally, regardless of religion, social preferences, race or wealth.
We believe that true caring comes from an attitude of loving-kindness, directed to help relieve the suffering of others and to help them achieve happiness. The smallest acts performed with love bring greater happiness and success then those performed with indifference or out of a sense of duty. It’s not so much who you are or what you know but how you are that counts.
True compassion arises from an understanding that suffering is a universal experience. This motivates us to give the best possible professional service to all regardless of their beliefs or affiliations. We strive to be open, non-judgemental and equitable to everyone, including staff, clients, and the larger community.