When friends learn that I am a Hospice volunteer, they often respond, “Oh, I could never do that!” That reaction is certainly understandable, because Hospice is associated with death, and death is a frightening subject to most of us. I felt that way, too, when I began my volunteering a year ago. I imagined Hospice as a place, usually a hospital-like environment, where cancer patients go when they are days or even just hours from death. I thought sadness would overwhelm me. But I now realize that Hospice is so much more about living. It is a life affirming, life enhancing alternative for end of life care.