As families anticipate the declining health of a loved one or make funeral arrangements for the deceased, they are faced with several decisions. Hospice is considered “end of life’’ care that begins when a patient accepts that he or she cannot benefit from curative treatment. Hospice care can ensure that a person’s last months are family-centered and stress free. This care, which takes place in the home or in a facility, is usually less expensive and can be paid through Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance and HMOs. Once life has ended, funeral homes take care of necessary paperwork, provide obituaries to the media, prepare the body for burial or cremation and help arrange the funeral services.