The theme for the month is ‘Comfort. Love. Respect.’ This recognises that the provision of quality hospice and palliative care reaffirms the belief in the essential dignity of every person, regardless of age, health, or social status, and that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and care.
The proclamation states that every year more than 1.58 million Americans living with life-limiting illness, and their families, receive care from the nation’s hospice programmes in communities throughout the United States. The role of more than 468,000 trained volunteers who contribute 21 million hours of service to the hospice programme annually is also highlighted.