Living With Terminal Illness

Living with a serious illness and caring for your loved one can cause physical and emotional stress.

Adjusting to the Diagnosis

It may take time to adjust to the diagnosis, but knowing your choices and options can help relieve anxiety for you and your family. Talking about your wishes and goals of care will help you provide a roadmap for making informed decisions about your plan of care.

Family members and friends may need to share caregiving responsibilities. If caregiving is a problem, speak to your hospice social worker for suggestions for help. Family dynamics may change — you may experience role reversals or other changes. It’s hard to make all of the adjustments on top of receiving the recent diagnosis as well.

Living with a serious illness and caring for your loved one can cause physical and emotional stress that may include anger, anxiety, denial, depression, and dissatisfaction with life. There may be some questioning: Why me? Why now?

Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support according to the patient’s and family’s needs and wishes. At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die as pain-free as possible, with no loss of dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.


Advance Care Planning

One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to provide guidance on the treatments you would — and would not — want to receive if you were unable to speak for yourself. This is called advance care planning.

Download the Oregon Advanced Directive.


About Mt. Hood Hospice

Mt. Hood Hospice has been providing care and bereavement support to families in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties for 43 years. We are a not-for-profit, free standing, independent, community-based hospice.

Mt. Hood Hospice was the first free-standing hospice in Oregon to be granted Medicare certification in 1987. Since that time we have stayed current in compliance with changing CMS regulations while remaining true to our original ideal: to provide the highest quality care to families coping with life-limiting illness, emphasizing comfort, dignity and choice.

Because every day is a gift



We are a not-for-profit Hospice that provides quality care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones,

regardless of their ability to pay.

Living with a Terminal Illness

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the lives of those close to them are impacted as well. It's important to learn as much as you can about the illness. The more information you have, the more in control you will feel. Learn more.

What You Need to Know

Hospice care is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. You can choose your hospice! Every Medicare beneficiary with Part A entitlement has a Medicare Hospice Benefit allowing them services from ANY Medicare certified hospice. This is regardless of their enrollment in any HMO. We care for people in residential facilities as well as at home. Learn more.


Kind Words From Our Families

Watch this one-minute video testimonial and hear why families choose Mt. Hood Hospice.


We are certified by Medicare, which means we get  surveyed every 3 to make sure we are following all state and federal hospice regulations.


Time Of Remembering Event 

2023 Time of Remembering details are available.


Support Groups

Grief Support Contact

Registration is required prior to meetings. Contact Laura Lirette to register,

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