If you read the recent article in the Las Cruces Sun-News, “Judge says doctors can assist in death,” it may have raised some questions in your mind as to where Mesilla Valley Hospice stands on the issue of assisting in death, also known as aid in dying.
Our mission since the inception of hospice is to provide quality, holistic care that supports the patients, families, and those left behind through the bereavement process. At Mesilla Valley Hospice we recognize that dying is a part of the normal process of living and our intention is neither to hasten nor postpone death. Through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring community, patients and families may be free to attain a degree of mental, emotional, and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. The Mesilla Valley Hospice team creates an environment where patients are comfortable to express their thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and despair. As we respect the conversation regarding the feeling of hopelessness, our method of providing care has proven to diminish these feelings and decrease the likelihood that an individual will choose this path.
High quality end-of-life care continues to be paramount at Mesilla Valley Hospice as we enter into our thirty-second year. There is still much work to be done to educate and inform the public of the need to receive patients earlier, which is crucial in our discussions today. We must increase the time that individuals have to live life to the fullest and focus on living with dignity. This allows individuals time to determine their path and we will be there to support them along the way.
Mesilla Valley Hospice is always available to speak at any venue to educate and promote hospice care. Our goal is to eliminate the barriers, promote quality hospice care, and provide an invaluable service to our community for years to come. Mesilla Valley Hospice will continue to use the methods we currently use to assist individuals with end-of-life issues as these methods have proven to work time and time again.
Jean Briley, Executive Director