Proclamation 8316-National Hospice Month, 2008 by ProQuest


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									                                                                   1394                                                    Oct. 31 / Administration of George W. Bush, 2008

                                                                   and bringing home children in need of a                         Proclamation 8316—National
                                                                   hopeful life.                                                   Hospice Month, 2008
                                                                      My Administration is committed to help-                      October 31, 2008
                                                                   ing young people find the love, stability, and
                                                                   support that a family can provide. We have                      By the President of the United States
                                                                   joined with community and faith-based orga-                     of America
                                                                   nizations to raise public awareness of foster
                                                                   children awaiting adoption. With the help of                    A Proclamation
                                                                   the Congress, we are assisting families in                         During National Hospice Month, we
                                                                   overcoming the financial barriers to adopting                   honor the dedicated health care professionals
                                                                   children through programs such as the Adop-                     and volunteers who help the terminally ill
                                                                   tion Incentives Program. In addition, the                       spend their final days in comfort and with
                                                                   Collaboration to AdoptUsKids project, which                     dignity. Hospice care providers and other
                                                                   can be found at, provides                       compassionate individuals are a constant re-
                                                                   guidance and resources for parents exploring                    minder that the greatness of America lies in
                                                                   adoption.                                                       the hearts and souls of its citizens.
                                                                                                                                      Americans believe that every person has
                                                                      During National Adoption Month, we                           matchless value throughout all of life’s stages.
                                                                   honor adoptive and foster parents who have                      Hospice physicians, nurses, counselors, and
                                                                   shown America the depth and kindness of                         volunteers put this belief into action by using
                                                                   the human heart. Their love and dedication                      their talents and energy to care for those who
                                                                   inspire the next generation of Americans to                     are terminally ill and by providing support
                                                                   achieve their dreams and demonstrate the                        and comfort to their loved ones. As an alter-
                                                                   true spirit of our Nation.                                      native to traditional services, hospice care
                                                                      Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,                           frequently provides assistance in the home
                                                                   President of the United States of America,                      so that patients can be surrounded by family
                                                                   by virtue of the authority vested in me by                      and friends. Hospice counselors offer guid-
                                                                   the Constitution and laws of the United                         ance to patients, as well as to those close to
                                                                                                                                   them, as they deal with grief, anxiety, and
                                                                   States, do hereby proclaim November 2008
                                                                                                                                   other end-of-life issues. Through these and
                                                                   as National Adoption Month. I call upon all
                                                                                                                                   countless other acts of compassion, our Na-
                                                                   Americans to observe this month with appro-
                                                                                                                                   tion’s hospice caregivers lift up souls, offer
                                                                   priate programs and activities to honor adop-                   peace of mind, and strengthen America’s cul-
                                                                   tive families and to participate in efforts to                  ture of life.
                                                                   find permanent homes
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