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Hospice of Michigan to Host Chandeliers on the Riverfront on Oct. 27

Nonprofit agency to honor Kathleen Antonini; raise funds to provide end-of-life care

DETROIT (Sept. 20, 2016) Hospice of Michigan will host its 31st annual Crystal Rose Celebration – Chandeliers on the Riverfront on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening of casual elegance will feature a strolling dinner, fine wine and cocktails, and the musical stylings of the Ben Sharkey Band. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the Detroit River at the Waterview Loft at Port Detroit located at 130 Atwater Street in Detroit.

The life, work and philanthropic passion of this year’s Crystal Rose honoree, Kathleen Antonini, will be celebrated during the evening’s festivities. Antonini was dedicated to promoting the mission of hospice and left a lasting impression on the Detroit community.

The Crystal Rose Award will be accepted posthumously by the Antonini family during the event’s program. The image of the rose honors the nonprofit’s roots as a volunteer-based organization and the early practice of placing a single, long-stemmed red rose on the bed of a patient after death in tribute to that person’s life.

“We are privileged to honor Kathleen Antonini for her efforts on the Women’s Committee for Hospice, as well as Hospice of Michigan’s Crystal Rose Ball Committee,” said Robert Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO. “The support that Kathleen showed, along with countless others in our industry, showcases the belief in the work we do.”

Individual tickets are available for $125 which also includes valet parking and fine wines provided by Andretti Winery. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available beginning at $500.

Proceeds from the event will support Hospice of Michigan’s ongoing nonprofit mission to provide comfort and care to all those in need of its services, regardless of diagnosis, age or the ability to pay.

Chandeliers on the Riverfront is generously sponsored by World Heritage Foundation Prechter Family Fund, American House, Talmer Bank and Trust, Fifth Third Bank, the Antonini Family, Hour Detroit, News/Talk 760 WJR, Alliance Benefit Group and JP Howe, PLLC.

For more information about the evening or become an event sponsor, please contact Kim Ritter at (313) 578-6268 or kritter@hom.org. To purchase tickets, please visit hom.convio.net/cotr16.

About Hospice of Michigan A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Seeks Sewers to Create Memory Bears

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (Sept. 16, 2016) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is seeking volunteers with sewing experience to assist in creating keepsakes for the Memory Bear project. An informational meeting is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. at 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Suite 1155 in Traverse City.

The Memory Bear project is headed by HOM’s grief support services department to help comfort families who have lost loved ones. Families are encouraged to bring clothing of a loved one for sewers to use in creating a commemorative teddy bear.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy sewing to apply their talents in a meaningful activity that will make a difference in someone’s life. It’s truly a blessing,” said Kathryn Holl, HOM grief support services manager.

The Memory Bear project began in June 2014 and was created to help bereaved families capture and preserve aspects of their loved ones within these one-of-a-kind stuffed animals. As the initiative continues to gain popularity among bereaved families, more volunteers are needed to meet sewing demands.

For those who have experienced a loss, HOM encourages a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

To volunteer as a sewer, contact Kathryn Holl at 231.929.1557 or kholl@hom.org.

To learn more about all volunteer opportunities for Hospice of Michigan, visit https://www.hom.org/get-involved/

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit www.hom.org

About Hospice of Michigan A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Welcomes Bonnie Chasseur as Grief Support Manager

Hospice of Michigan Welcomes Bonnie Chasseur as Grief Support Manager Chasseur brings 15 years of experience, looks to aid community

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (Sept. 16, 2016) – Hospice of Michigan has hired Bonnie Chasseur as the new Grief Support Manager for the west Michigan area.

In her new role, Chasseur will be responsible for coordinating support groups, community education and supportive counseling for families that seek grief support guidance in the Lakeshore and Muskegon areas.

Prior to this position, Chasseur spent 15 years as the director of social services at The Lakeview of Cadillac, a long-term care and short-term rehabilitation center in Cadillac, Michigan. Her responsibilities included providing counseling services to residents and their families, assisting residents with Medicaid procedures and monitoring use of psychotropic medication.

For the past 20 years, Chasseur has also instructed general education classes at Baker College of Cadillac and has served as an OBRA Coordinator with North Central Community Mental Health in Cadillac.

In addition to her role with Hospice of Michigan, Chasseur volunteers as a member of the Michigan Volunteer Registry and maintains her LMSW title in the state of Michigan through ongoing educational courses.

“I’m thankful to have the opportunity to continue my career with Hospice of Michigan and know that my counseling skills will benefit families in need,” Chasseur said. “My goal is to provide support to those who seek it and to develop relationships with our residents, their families, and our team here at Hospice of Michigan.”

Chasseur holds a master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan.

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit www.hom.org

About Hospice of Michigan A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice Organizations Host We Remember: A Community Interfaith Memorial Event in Grand Rapids

Emmanuel Hospice, Faith Hospice, Heartland Hospice, Hospice of Michigan, Gentiva Hospice, Grace Hospice and the Interfaith Community partner for annual remembrance event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 7, 2016) – Members of the Grand Rapids community are invited to join six local hospice organizations for We Remember: A Community Interfaith Memorial Event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Dominican Center at Marywood, located at 2025 Fulton St. E in Grand Rapids.

The annual interfaith event, sponsored by Emmanuel Hospice, Faith Hospice, Heartland Hospice, Hospice of Michigan, Gentiva Hospice and Grace Hospice, allows those who lost a loved one to share memories and honor a special family member or friend. This free event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

At 6 p.m., a one hour memorial service will be held by representatives of various faiths including Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christian, Islam, Judaism and Native American. Each guest is encouraged to bring a photo or other small memorabilia of their loved one to display. An American Sign Language interpreter will also be available during the interfaith service.

Various memorial activities are planned from 7 to 8 p.m. and guests can choose their level of participation, by attending one or all of the evening’s activities including:

  • Planting flowers in a remembrance garden
  • Taking part in a reflective nature walk on the grounds of Dominican Center at Marywood
  • Decorating and flying a kite as part of Hospice of Michigan’s annual Fly & Remember
  • Listening to the beautiful sounds of a Bahá’í choir surrounding a memorial fire

“I lost my husband a year ago and in some ways it is more difficult for me now than it was then,” said Linda Toloui, who attended the last year’s event following her husband, Koroush’s, passing under Faith Hospice’s care. “The Interfaith Memorial Event is a wonderful tribute to our deceased loved ones, and such a unifying and heartwarming experience to gather with so many people all there because of love. I look forward to this year’s program very much.” A member of the Bahá’í Faith’s Grand Rapids Local Spiritual Assembly, Toloui addressed the audience last year and will do so again in 2016, sharing the Bahá’í teachings on hope.

We Remember is supported by Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes and Islamic Center of West Michigan.

For more information about We Remember, please call (616) 514-3325 or visit https://bit.ly/2bG5MVk.

About the participants:

Emmanuel Hospice: Emmanuel Hospice is an interfaith collaboration of four local organizations with more than 200 years of combined experience providing quality health care services in West Michigan. St. Ann’s, Clark, Porter Hills and Sunset have joined together to deliver the highest level of holistic care to those who have reached the end of life and their loved ones wherever home is.

Dominican Center at Marywood: The Dominican Center’s mission is to foster the growth and transformation of persons, communities, and organizations through prayer, learning, and collaboration in an inclusive, hospitable environment.

Faith Hospice: The greater Grand Rapids area’s first faith-based hospice, Faith Hospice cares for approximately 1,500 patients annually through in-home hospice care services and Trillium Woods, the area’s only dedicated in-patient hospice center.  Part of the Holland Home system of care, Faith Hospice focuses on providing expert and compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual care to the loved ones and families it serves.

Heartland Hospice: Heartland Hospice first opened its doors in the greater Grand Rapids area in 1999, and is part of the HCR Manor Care family. Heartland Hospice is the third largest hospice provider in the nation and believes in providing care wherever the patient or family calls home.

Hospice of Michigan: A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs.

Gentiva Hospice: Gentiva Hospice an affiliate of Kindred at Home is one of the nations largest post acute services provider in the country. When healing and curative treatments are no longer an option for individuals at end-of-life, Gentiva’s hospice team provides a family oriented, interdisciplinary model of care designed to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of patients.

Grace Hospice: Grace Hospice, along with Visiting Physicians Association (VPA), Pinnacle Senior Home Care, and The Home DME are all part of the nationally recognized healthcare continuum of the U.S. Medical Management. As end-of-life care providers, our mission at Grace Hospice is for each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days, and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing.

Kaufman Interfaith Institute: The mission of Kaufman Interfaith Institute is to promote interfaith understanding and mutual respect in West Michigan through interfaith dialogue and service we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations.

Hospice of Michigan to host free screening of Being Mortal on Sept. 21 at the City Opera House

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Aug. 21, 2016) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the City Opera House, located at 106 East Front Street in Traverse City. The 54 minute film is based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, M.D.

The film explores the hopes of terminally ill patients and their families, investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and delves into the relationships between patients and their doctors.

Following the screening, moviegoers are invited to a special panel session at 7:15 p.m. with medical experts moderated by Jack O’Malley, Hospice of Michigan volunteer and WTCM-FM morning host. Attendees will learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Mark Zook, medical director at Hospice of Michigan
  • Stephanie Vanslyk, registered nurse and advance care planning specialist
  • Kathryn Holl, grief support service manager at Hospice of Michigan

Hospice of Michigan partnered with Michael’s Place to bring this documentary to the Traverse City area.

For more information about the free screening, please contact Kathryn Holl at (231) 929-1557 or kholl@hom.org. To RSVP, please visit https://hom.convio.net/beingmortal.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Institute to Host Medical Ethics at End-of-Life Panel Discussions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (Aug. 18, 2016) – The Hospice of Michigan Institute is partnering with Aquinas College, the Catholic Information Center and Dominican Sisters to offer panel discussions on medical ethics at the end-of-life. An informal reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the two-part panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Cathedral Square Center, located at 360 Division Avenue South in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both events are free, and offer information and support to families who are facing end-of-life decisions for their loved ones.

The Sept. 7 discussion titled, “Medical Ethics at End-of-Life: Issues Involving Adults” will feature panelists Michael Paletta, M.D., Hospice of Michigan medical director; Bryan Pilkington, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at Aquinas College; Ruth Sanborn, M.A., clinical ethicist at Spectrum Health; and MarKay Riippa, R.N., nurse manager at Mercy Health. Moderator Father John Geaney, C.S.P. will lead the discussion as panelists discuss end-of-life challenges that adults face.

Father Geaney will also lead the panel discussion on Sept. 8, which will focus on pediatric patients and the unique challenges families face. “Medical Ethics at End-of-Life: Issues Involving Children” will feature David Dickens, M.D., medical director at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Hospice of Michigan pediatric medical director; Ken Pituch, M.D., medical director of the pediatric palliative care program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and pediatric medical director for Hospice of Michigan; Sheila Schindler, L.M.S.W. for Hospice of Michigan; and Bryan Pilkington, Ph.D. of Aquinas College.

“The final months and days of life often include strong emotions and hard decisions. The Hospice of Michigan Institute serves as a forum to exchange ideas and begin meaningful conversations with the community about end-of-life, no matter what faith you believe in,” said Dr. Paletta.

Seating is limited for this free event. To register, please contact the Catholic Information Center at (616) 459-7267 or register@catholicinformationcenter.org.

For more information about the Hospice of Michigan Institute, please visit www.hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

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