“‘The purpose of hospice is to provide the highest possible quality of life for the time remaining.’ Geez, I thought, we’re all in hospice.” ~ Tony Bernhard
This comment from a recent dharma talk at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City equating the purpose of hospice to life gave me pause. In his talk, Tony Bernhard was referencing a New York Times article on how doctors die.
The highest possible quality of life for the time remaining. Isn’t that the best way to live life? Shouldn’t we be striving for the highest possible quality of life for pre-hospice days, in other words, all our lives, not just for our final days? But this begs the question, how should one live life in hopes of obtaining the highest possible quality of life?