When a hospice patient dies at home it is peaceful and provides a chance for "grieving loved ones to honor the sacredness of the death experience," writes registered nurse Joannie Williams, who has worked as a hospice nurse in Wisconsin. She compares that scenario with home death without hospice services, which she says can be disruptive and unsettling as police and rescue squads fill the home and prevent family and friends from gathering to grieve.

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