Hospice is designed to care for people nearing the end of life. Some patients in hospice are in the last phases of an incurable or terminal disease like cancer, heart disease, dementia and kidney failure.
Usually these patients are expected to have six months or less to live. In hospice care, patients should be provided with a team of health care professionals who maximize comfort by reducing pain and addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
The grandmother pictured below was on her way to hospice when she decided she wanted to see the ocean one last time. PEOPLE reported that some viewers have questioned why the family chose to leave the catheter bag in the photo.
The Reddit user who posted the picture said, “You know, I thought about it. And I’m handy enough with Photoshop that I could’ve done it myself. But then I decided that removing it would only detract from the picture. She spends her days in a wheel chair with that bag, but something as simple as the ocean still brings her immeasurable joy, and why would I want to paint over that bittersweet reality?”
The picture has received nearly 4 million views.