Hospice doctrine

1. Hospice services are free of charge. One should not pay for death, just as they do not for birth.

2. The hospice is a house of life, not death.

3. If the patient cannot be cured this does not mean they cannot be helped.

4. Death, as well as birth, is a natural process. It cannot be avoided, nor should it be speeded up. The hospice is in opposition to euthanasia.

5. The hospice is an integrated system of medical, psychological and social help to its patients.

6. The hospice is a school and provides support for patients’ relatives and friends.

7. The main value of the hospice is its individuality (A. Gnezdilov “The Road to Calvary”)