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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Posted by Melissa Barber on November 5, 2010
At the end of October, President Obama proclamed November to be National Hospice Month, which many have taken to mean National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. All this month, we hope you will join us and hospice and palliative care organizations and blogs to recognize all the hard working individuals "who allow the terminally ill to receive comfortable and dignified care."
So far, the month has gotten off to a rip-roaring start:
- Twitter is full of inspiring stories of how hospice and palliative care have made positive and profound impacts on individuals' lives. There are so many new stories and articles showing up on Twitter that the hashtag #Hospice has increased in popularity four-fold since the end of October. To stay up to date on some of the activity, follow us on Twitter, and we'll do our best to retweet many of these great posts. You can even decorate your own Twitter or Facebook avatar to show your support of hospice and palliative care.
- If you or a hospice organization you work with has a blog, the Hospice Foundation of America is generously offering you the opportunity to share Maria Shriver's touching video talking about her experience with hospice care.
- Several sites are offering free material to take your conversations about hospice offline. Here's one such guide offered by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
- This is also a great time to look back at other recent articles about the potential life-extending benefits of hospice and palliative care and the importance of having those difficult discussions about what you want for your own end-of-life decisions. And while you're on the topic, put your wishes in writing.
How are you celebrating National Hospice Month?
Posted on November 5, 2010 in Press Room
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