More than 70 percent of people say they want to die at home, not in a hospital.
But when it comes to using hospice services, the vast majority wait until the last few days of life.
It may be due to our aversion to discuss death. Or perhaps because society puts a premium on fighting for life. But that fight can take many forms.
Lisa Emery, 35, is living on borrowed time - and she's not wasting a moment of it.
"I think when people think of hospice they think of dying. I don't. What do you think? Living. I've been living since I got here," says Emery.
The gateway house of peace is a comfort home for people not expected to survive more than three months. Patients like 35-year-old Lisa Emery and her family get the support they need.
Hospice is welcome to come and provide services.
Emery's been at Gateway three months, a few months after her cancer diagnosis.
"It was like the end of the world," says Emery.
Yes, she was devastated, awash in self-pity and tears. But then Emery says she realized she had a choice to give up or fight. Buoyed by her loved ones and her stubborn nature she chose to fight; not with surgery and drugs, but by embracing the life she still has.
"Every day I get up, and I brush my teeth, and I wash my face,” says Emery.
Copyright 2016 KING