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Humor in Hospice


Overview & Objectives

There is no room for humor in a serious place like hospice, right?  Wrong.  Humor used appropriately benefits patients, families, healthcare, and hospice workers.  This module is a lighthearted and informative look at humor in hospice which includes the physiological, mental health, social, and workplace benefits.  It reviews humor with patients and families, inappropriate humor, and developing a sense of humor.  If morale is low and hospice aides are stressed out, this is the module for you.  The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Discuss humor in healthcare
  • Describe the physiological benefits of humor
  • Review humor in mental health, social networks, and the workplace
  • Highlight the benefits of humor with patients and families
  • Discuss inappropriate humor
  • Develop a plan for incorporating humor


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Laughter Exercises (Seriously!)
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form Certificate of Attendance