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Hospice Stamp

Sarah Gonser

The first postage stamp honoring hospice care will be available Feb. 10 at post offices throughout the nation.

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a commemorative first-class, 33-cent stamp in recognition of the 3,000 hospices, 25,000 professionals and more than 100,000 volunteers that work in hospice care.

The stamp, designed by graphic artist Phil Jordan, was created to reflect the transition and spiritual release process involved with hospice care.

“The end of human life remains one of the most sensitive subjects for discussion,” said John Grady, Barton Memorial Hospital hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator. “Increased public education on hospice is a healthy and constructive way to let people know they do have options that give them more control over their final days.”

The decision process leading to the printing of a new stamp is a lengthy and careful one.

“The U.S. Postal Service receives about 40,000 requests a year for commemorative stamps,” said Terry James, supervisor of customer service at South Lake Tahoe post office. “We felt that on many levels, hospice services are something that Americans need to know more about. We hope this raises awareness.”

The stamp will be available starting Feb. 10 at the South Lake Tahoe’s main post office. Barton Memorial Hospital’s Hospice of the Lake will provide a registered nurse at the post office to answer questions regarding hospice care.

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