The difficult job of working in hospice

Imagine having to tell someone that they’re dying. No easy task, right? Now imagine having to have that tough conversation regularly with a new person each time.

That is the world of a palliative nurse.

In this report by Frontline, called “Being Mortal,” you can witness the strength it takes to have this most difficult of conversations.


I’m always at a loss for words when talking to someone at a funeral, or someone who is terminally ill. How about you? How do you comfort someone who is in their final days?