We have had a "distant" perspective of Hospice for several years without any direct involvement. Our knowledge was based on information from people who had been involved when family members received Hospice care. Everything we have heard has been very positive. We are members of a Social Organization that had Hospice representatives present the program at a recent meeting. My respect and appreciation for Hospice was only strengthened by their presentation. Their Mission Statement includes: "to affirm life during its final stages by providing holistic compassionate care to patients and their families,..." The point was made that the cost of their services were basically covered by Medicare. Ironically, the program for our Monday Kiwanis meeting was the above ladies representing a different Hospice organization that also provides services in our area. They even brought pie for dessert which was enjoyed after a Pac n Sav catered meal. We learned there are 7 organizations in Lincoln that provide Hospice services. Prior to my "new found knowledge", I wasn't aware that customers choose their Hospice provider just as they choose their phone, Internet, or other providers of goods and services. Competition has always been important in our Market Economy and it doesn't diminish my respect for Hospice services nor of the dedicated people that provide them.