Vision, Purpose and Mission


Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will be the island’s resource for end of life care available to our entire community.


Our purpose is to provide compassionate, supportive care for those facing the end of life and to comfort their loved ones.


Our mission is to provide quality hospice and bereavement services without charge to all who are facing serious illness, grief and death. We provide personalized care at home, the hospital or extended care facilities and meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families.


  • support for an individualized quality of life plan
  • assistance in understanding medical options
  • comprehensive, supportive nursing care
  • coordination of medical, social and spiritual services, provided on or off the island
  • bereavement, spiritual care and counseling


CARE:  We embrace the dignity of the whole person, meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs with impartiality, discretion and confidentiality.  We assist patients and their loved ones in living each day as the end of life approaches.

COMPASSION: We provide comforting services whether at home, hospital or other care facilities with our specially trained and knowledgeable hospice nurses, bereavement counselors and volunteers.

COMMUNITY:  We serve our entire island community. We create a partnership with each patient and family whose wishes guide us in building a team with physicians, clergy, home care and other health care providers.

We practice a continuum approach. With Hospice, your needs may change. They may increase dramatically or decrease. Hospice is responsive to changes and works to ensure we provide a full spectrum of care as the needs of you or a loved one changes, throughout the journey.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is supported and sustained by our community. Every time we provide assistance, we are honoring the generosity of our benefactors and supporters. We are dependent on fundraising efforts and donations to support the work of Hospice. We are grateful to our friends and neighbors for their ongoing generosity. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please donate online or via postal mail today.