And hospice workers are -- in my experience -- the best. When my aunt had cancer, and wanted to die at home, there was someone there all the time. They handled the medical and practical needs of everyone involved and became like members of the family. They even came to the funeral.
(Ironically, I write this on a day I have spent most of my afternoon complaining about the intransigence of a hospice we're negotiating a deal with at work...but, that's another story...they do good work...I just don't need to negotiate with them again..)
I agree. Hospice workers are a special breed. They know how to console the dying person, and those who will be his survivors. The dying person can say things to the hospice workers that they cannot say to close family members, without upsetting them.
I wish Art Buchwald well. Seems like God is calling all the great humorists home (Don Knotts, Darren McGavin). He must be planning a Vaudeville Special to celebrate Easter.