What is Hospice? Hospice gives treatment to help relieve disease-related symptoms, but not cure the disease. Its main purpose is to focus on quality, rather than length of life. The goal of hospice is to allow patients to be comfortable, continue a pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, allowing them to stay in control of and enjoy life surrounded by their loved ones. Side effects and symptoms are managed to make sure that the patient is as free of symptoms as possible, yet still alert enough to enjoy the people around them and make important decisions. In addition to symptom and pain relief, hospice offers emotional and spiritual support to the individual and their families, typically in the last six months of life.