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As a verb, furnishing funds or means for maintenance; to maintain; to provide for; to enable to continue; to carry on. To provide a means of livelihood. To vindicate, to maintain, to defend, to uphold with aid or countenance.

As a noun, that which furnishes a livelihood; a source or means of living; subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, or living.

Support includes all sources of living that enable a person to live in a degree of comfort suitable and befitting her station in life. Support encompasses housing, food, clothing, health, nursing, and medical needs, along with adequate recreation expenses. Most states impose a legal duty on an individual to support his or her spouse and children.


Child Support.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

SUPPORT. The right of support is an easement which one man, either by contract or prescription, enjoys, to rest the joists or timbers of his house upon the wall of an adjoining building, owned by another person. 3 Kent, Com. 435. Vide Lois des Bat. part. 1, c. 3, s. a. 1, Sec. T; Party wall.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Alliance Hospice and Palliative Care is a 24-hour inpatient and home-based service focused on providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support. We specialize in compassionate care that is uniquely individualized for each patient.
"It's our job to ensure that everybody in any situation in hospital has access to appropriate religious or spiritual support if that is important to them."
While we can't give them their health back, we can acknowledge their sacrifice, thank them and their family for their service, and provide spiritual support," said Marty Daniel, Daniel Defense president and CEO.
Making "the rounds" lays a foundation that underscores the availability of spiritual support. During an orientation, the chaplain explains his/her service as being secular, voluntary, and confidential.
Forum participants brainstormed on the creation of innovative approaches to efficiently deliver hospice services--pain and symptom management, home safety assessment, emotional and spiritual support, caregiver education, etc.--to even more family caregivers coping with serious and chronic illness.
Any comfort that we can give is always appreciated and very well received." Their services include ship-visiting, communication, counselling and spiritual support.
"One of the things that we discovered was the need for cultural and spiritual support for Aboriginal patients in the hospital," Brian Walton, project lead for spiritual health and development for the health region, told the StarPhoenix.
The Taliban leader also urged all Muslims across the world to support the Mujahideen through their material and spiritual support.
A community champion from housing group whg is among volunteers who have travelled to India to lend practical and spiritual support to a community.
We will be offering spiritual support to anyone who needs it."
The gift distribution ceremony has become an annual tradition to KHCF and KHCC, from the belief that granting gifts to young patients and drawing smiles on their faces are a very important factor to their overall healing process, and constitute an integral part in the psychological and spiritual support they need through their different treatment stages.