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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans with Pinning Ceremony

Nov. 11 event is part of We Honor Veterans program

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., (Oct. 31, 2016)Hospice of Michigan will honor approximately 12 veterans and their spouses during a We Honor Veterans pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at American House Stone located at 3741 S. Adams Road in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This event is open to the public.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented with a certificate and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their service. During the ceremony, local musician Andy Desso will perform patriotic music on his accordion, celebrating the veterans and their service to the United States.

HOM is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at end-of-life and includes educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospice organizations receive training to recognize and treat the unique needs of military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services. As a Level Four We Honor Veterans partner – signifying the organization has met the highest standards set by the VA and NHPCO for this national program – HOM has trained its care teams in 48 counties across Michigan.

For more information about HOM’s involvement with We Honor Veterans, 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.

Volunteer Training – Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (Oct. 28, 2016) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) invites the community to attend a volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 at 10850 E. Traverse Hwy. in Traverse City.

The volunteer training session, held at the Bayview Professional Centre, is intended to train members of the community that are interested in volunteering in patient care, community outreach and administrative services in the Traverse City area.

The volunteer training session is headed by HOM’s volunteer program manager Kathy Lietaert to ensure that patients receive the proper attention and interaction they deserve. The training session offers important information about HOM, its patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience.

“Volunteers provide many unique services to our patients here at Hospice of Michigan,” said Lietaert. “Our volunteers genuinely enjoy spending time with patients and often share that their involvement is one of the most rewarding experiences that they’ve been a part of.”

HOM’s volunteer program shapes each contributor’s experience to reflect their preferences and availability. The training session offers the opportunity to develop new skills, build relationships and ultimately make a difference in the community.

The training session is open to the public and attendance is free.

To submit an online application prior to the session, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/ or call Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409. Paper applications will also be available the day of the session.

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.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Announced in 1978 by then President Jimmy Carter, the month was established to recognize the efforts of those who provide end-of-life care, and to help raise awareness of the growing hospice movement.

When the observance was first established, the number of hospice patients in the United States numbered in the thousands. Today hospice programs in the United States provide care to more than 1.65 million people.

Throughout the month of November, we will use Facebook to tell the story of hospice from the perspective of our employees. These dedicated members of the Hospice of Michigan family will provide a window into their lives as hospice professionals, and share their passion for the great work we do every day to improve the lives of our patients and families .

To view their stories, click here.

 

 

Hospice of Michigan Hosts Volunteer Training Seminar

Informational seminar for community members, no experience required

LUDINGTON, Mich., (Sept. 30, 2016) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) invites the community to attend a volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at 457 River St. in Manistee.

The volunteer training session, held at the Manistee County Council on Aging, is intended to train members of the community that are interested in volunteering in patient care, community outreach and administrative services in the Ludington and Manistee areas.

The volunteer training session is headed by HOM’s volunteer program manager Claire Fisher to ensure that patients receive the proper attention and interaction they deserve. The training session offers important information about HOM, its patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience.

“Volunteers serve many important roles at Hospice of Michigan,” said volunteer program manager Claire Fisher. “The time given to our patients can be one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.”

HOM’s volunteer program is a unique experience that can be shaped to a volunteer’s needs. The training session offers the opportunity to develop new skills, build relationships and ultimately make a difference in the community.

The training session, including a luncheon, is open to the public and attendance is free.

Those who are interested in attending must submit an online application prior to the session. To register, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/ or call Claire Fisher at 616.481.1536 to obtain a hard copy of the application.

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 Hosts Remembering Our Mothers

Memorial service to honor mothers, significant women in our lives

 FREMONT, Mich., (Sept. 27, 2016) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) invites the community to attend Remembering Our Mothers from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 33 W. Main St. in Fremont.

Remembering Our Mothers is a commemorative event dedicated to reflecting on the lives of mothers and significant women who have passed. Mothers who have lost children are also welcome to attend.

Remembering our Mothers is headed by HOM’s grief support services department to help comfort families who have lost loved ones. Guests are encouraged to bring a story and a picture of the woman or child they are honoring.

“Mothers are beloved women who need to be remembered and treasured, and this is a perfect opportunity for the community to come together to do so,” said Katie Gedraitis, HOM grief support service manager for Big Rapids.

The event, including a light luncheon, is open to the public and attendance is free.

To register, please contact Katie Gedraitis at 231. 527.0913 or kgedrait@hom.org

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.

New location, better fit for Hospice of Michigan Alpena office

ALPENA, Michigan, (Aug. 2, 2016)
On Aug. 3, Hospice of Michigan’s Alpena office will move to a new location at 145 N. State Ave., inside the Harborside Center, near the intersection of U.S. 23 Business and Chisholm Street. The new office maintains Hospice of Michigan’s presence in the heart of Alpena, in an easy-to-find location, less than a quarter mile from its previous location on Chisholm Street.

The new office provides Hospice of Michigan’s staff with private office space as well as a training space for meetings, grief support programming and volunteer use. A small conference room, shared kitchenette, restrooms and ample parking will also provide staff, volunteers and visitors with better accommodations to conduct grief support programs and other services for the community.

The nonprofit hospice organization has served Alpena since 1980.

“After 25 years on Chisholm Street, the location simply was no longer configured best for the work we do,” Sheri Reynolds, Hospice of Michigan operations manager for Alpena, said. “The new office is a smart use of space, and still in a spot that is easily accessible to the community we serve.”

“Our ‘office’ has always been at the bedside, providing excellent hospice care,” Bob Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO, said. “Our Alpena staff is happy to continue our mission at the new location in the Harborside Center.”

Hospice of Michigan is planning a community open house in the near future, date to be determined.

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 to Offer Grief Support Sessions at Royal Oak Park

Royal Oak, Michigan, May 3, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan is offering grief support in an outdoor setting to provide a different environment for individuals seeking those services.

Support in the Park will be held every Thursday afternoon in June at Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak. The sessions are open to all who have lost a loved one.

“We think the nice June weather is an opportunity to provide a change of pace for our grief support sessions,” said Claudia Been, grief support services manager at HOM. “Sometimes a change of environment can be beneficial for those who are taking part in these sessions, particularly if they tend to find solace outdoors.”

The sessions are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 1101 W. 13 Mile Road. Participants should meet near the picnic shelter.

While there is no charge to attend the event, registration is required. For more information or to register, call Been at 248.334.1323.

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 to Present Hope After Loss

Spring Lake, Michigan, May 2, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will present on Tuesday, May 17 an evening of education, support and conversation for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The educational presentation will address the difficulty of coping with the loss of a family member or loved one and provide a better understanding of the grief process. Discussion topics include:

  • What makes my grief unique?
  • How do I adjust to change?
  • What is hope and how do I keep it alive?

“Losing a loved can be one of the most difficult things a person will ever have to endure,” said Sue Glover, grief support services manager. “This session offers participants an opportunity to ask questions and share their stories, helping them cope and hold on to hope.”

The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. This program is free and open to the community. Prior registration is required.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, contact Glover at 616.356.5255.

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.

“Maire’s Journey” to Screen at State Theater

Original film follows the extraordinary journey of women’s dying wish 

Traverse City, Michigan, April 21, 2016 – A new film, produced by Emmy-winning producers and directors Keith Famie and John Feist, is set to screen at the State Theatre on May 1, free of charge.

“Maire’s Journey” follows the story of U.S. Army Pfc. Maire Kent, a native of Southeast Michigan, who was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart. A Hospice of Michigan patient, Kent’s dying wish stemmed from the children’s book, “Paddle to the Sea,” which she read as a young girl. Her hope was that her ashes would be placed into a wooden sailboat to then be sent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The film, which took three years to produce, follows Kent’s story from her diagnosis to her death at age 24 and then her final journey from Lake Michigan to the Eastern seaboard. The vessel carrying Kent’s ashes during her journey was handcrafted by blind carpenter George Wurtzel and handpainted by Northern Michigan Odawa artist Tom Teuthorn.

The vessel launched in July 2014 during a special ceremony at Cross Village Beach to the sound of drumming by three American Indian women from the Odawa community. During her five-week journey to the ocean, the vessel carrying Kent’s ashes would cross paths with many people including Girl Scouts, a women’s rowing team, young sailing students and Vietnam veterans, among others.

The film originally premiered in February in Detroit.

“Maire’s story was originally going to be a part of our larger ‘Aging and Dying’ series,” Famie said. “When I met this extraordinary young woman, I realized that her story was so intriguing that it had to be told separately.

“We are grateful for the support of Hospice of Michigan and look forward to sharing Maire’s heart-wrenching, inspirational final story with the community.”

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City, 233 E. Front St. It is free of charge; however, reservations are recommended. Tickets can be reserved at www.stateandbijou.org, at the theatre box office or by calling 231.947.3446.

Hospice of Michigan, which was entrusted with Kent’s end-of-life care, is sponsoring the premiere.

“We were incredibly humbled and honored to provide hospice care for Maire,” said Dottie Deremo, executive emeritus of Hospice of Michigan. “Her story is truly an inspiration as to how one’s life and legacy continue on even after death.”

Immediately following the film there will be a Q&A session with Famie, Wurtzel and Rosemary Hagan, spiritual care advisor for Hospice of Michigan.

More information on the film and a trailer are available at www.mairesjourney.com.

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.

Volunteering

Volunteers fill many important roles at Hospice of Michigan. Whether it’s providing companionship, assisting with daily household activities or sharing their talents, the hours given to Hospice of Michigan families by our volunteers can be the most rewarding experience of their lives.

Volunteers can help in all aspects of the organization including:

  • Assignments to patients and families according to the patient’s Plan of Care
  • Administrative tasks: data entry, filing, research
  • Marketing, special events, speaking engagements
  • Bereavement: support groups, memorial services, phone contact with families

Learn more about volunteering for Hospice of Michigan

Please note that the October 17th Volunteer Training Session at our Detroit office is FULL.   Please contact Alison Wagner at 313-578-6259 or awagner@hom.org  to learn about future training sessions.