There was an excellent article in our local news paper that quoted a local Rabbi as saying the Orthodox community opposes hospice because it means "giving up". I was horrified when I read that. I hope the hospice community arranges a meeting with the Orthodox community and try to educate them. My mom just went into hospice. She has only two medical conditions, very advanced dementia and cardiomyopathy. She was admitted to hospice because she stopped eating, that is usually a sign that dementia patients are getting close to the end. The hospice people do not seem to be focused on her dying though the subject was mentioned. Their main focus seems to be getting her to eat which would seem to be about living to me.