MARQUETTE — Bells were rung nationwide today to mark the beginning of National hospice and palliative care month.

Hospice staff and volunteers from UP home health and hospice as well as Lake Superior life care and hospice came together for a bell ringing event this afternoon to honor those that have died under hospice care and to recognize their families.

“All of the hospices in Marquette County and nationwide all have a common goal, and that is to help people with life–limiting illnesses, and have a diagnosis of 6 months or less to live,” said Lake Superior Hospice CEO Sue Kitti.

At noon, local church bells began to ring, and volunteers and staff joined in as a local bell choir.

“When someone is going through this it’s usually the first time, and we want to be able to help,” said Kitti.

Hospice offers pain management and emotional and spiritual support for those who may be having a tough time.