The program’s primary intention is to place students in situations where they can directly confront their natural and cultural fear of death. In our society today there is a strong aversion to death, and as a result of this the elderly and the dying are often neglected and forgotten. Hospice at Harley works to combat this cultural reflex, and increase the ability of its students to show empathy to the dying.
The program also calls attention to how little time we have on this earth, and how necessary it is to live deliberately.
Hospice is an elective for students in their senior year, and currently nearly everyone in the graduating class chooses to take it.