Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Laura Boisen

Second Advisor

Dr. Lois Bosch

Third Advisor

Joan MacDonald, L.I.C.S.W.


This historical study analyzed information about the development of hospice from ancient times to the modern hospice movement. In this study special attention is given to the modern hospice movement, which began in Britain in 1967, and began in the United States in 1974. The purpose of this historical study was to explore and discuss the development of hospice programs Twin Cities, MN, as compared to the hospice movement on a national level.

The study will describe the local hospice movement as seen through the experiences of three local death and dying activists. Throughout the study, the social ideals behind the hospice movement and the perceived social need the hospice movement sought to meet will be shown through the actions of the people involved in the hospice movement.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Larson.DA

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