Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Hospice care focuses on the relief of symptoms for terminally ill patients no longer responding to cure-oriented treatment; and

Whereas Hospice care is provided by staff and volunteers trained in medical care with a specialization in pain management; and  

Whereas All symptoms of an illness are taken into account in order to limit patients’ pain and discomfort and offer them relief and dignity in their remaining days; and

Whereas Hospice care also assists with the emotional and spiritual effect of terminal illness on patients, their families and friends; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the importance of hospice care in providing peace and comfort for terminally ill patients and their loved ones,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of November, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts