Hospice comes from the Latin root for “Hospitality” and “Hospitable.” Hospice was the term used centuries ago to describe places of refuge on traveling routes. In these shelters, weary and wounded travelers would find rest and loving care. Hospice today is like a system of care rather than a physical place: It still provides support, respite, relief to wary travelers: those walking the path of a long term or terminal illness and the loved ones suffering with them. The term has been adopted to describe emotional, social, physical and spiritual care for terminally ill and for those who give care. The Focus is on care for the whole person, preserving dignity, a sense of personal fulfillment, honoring choices, listening and caring.