Americans believe that every person has matchless value throughout all of life's stages. Hospice physicians, nurses, counselors, and volunteers put this belief into action by using their talents and energy to care for those who are terminally ill and by providing support and comfort to their loved ones. As an alternative to traditional services, hospice care frequently provides assistance in the home so that patients can be surrounded by family and friends.
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 adoptuskids.org, 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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