That's right, all hospice care is palliative care but not all palliative care is hospice. Many of us (close to most of us) have had a loved one pass away while in the care of hospice. Its focus is on helping the patient have a dignified and comfortable end of life, as well as caring for the needs of loved ones. All that "comfort" care? That's the palliative part.
This month is a good time to become familiar with what your health care community offers for both options. Ask your friends and health care providers who they recommend and consider taking a tour if there is a residential hospice facility nearby.
"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining," John Kennedy
As for the angels who work in hospice and palliative care: God bless you, one and all.