This article reflects the author’s own views on developing trends in hospice/palliative care in post modern society. It is the author’s concern that important holistic values regarding both the patient and his/her relatives are being neglected in our health care system today. The ongoing demands of efficiency and profit are threatening the health care professionals’ possibilities of a holistic approach. Today, the attitude and practice of modern medicine limits the time for preparation for death. Patients are being medicated and treated more aggressively than before, and the important time for summing up and saying goodbye to their loved ones is being denied them.