I have a friend whose husband became ill after the December holidays and was diagnosed with kidney and pancreatic cancer and had a life expectancy of one to six months. My friend was shocked because there were little signs that her husband was not well but it did not seem that the causes were so significant and irreversible. The system offered little support in advising her what to do or how to care for her husband. For she and her husband, hospice is providing medical equipment in the way of a hospital bed so he can sleep comfortably. Additionally they are supplying medications and related health care supplies. A nurse visits weekly and personal care attendants also visit to support his personal bathing needs. Hospice also offers many other services like family and individual counseling to support individuals during this very difficult time.