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Hospice of Michigan to Host Healing Hearts Loss of Spouse Program

Monroe, Michigan, April 4, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will host a Healing Hearts Loss of Spouse Program on Wednesday, April 27 in Monroe.

The program will feature a presentation from Ron Gries, author of “Through Death to Life.” Gries’ book is a collection of poetry and prose he wrote during his wife’s five-year battle with cancer, which eventually took her life. During his presentation, Gries will reflect on his experience and discuss dying, living, grief, healing and hope.

The session will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Brookdale Monroe, 1605 Fredricks Drive. This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Margie Martin at 734.769.5821.

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 Host Remembering Our Mothers and Fathers

Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 4, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will host Remembering Our Mothers and Fathers on Monday, May 2.

“The loss of a parent can be the single most devastating event we experience,” said Margie Martin, grief support services manager at HOM. “Often, when a parent dies, people grieve their past and can be flooded by painful memories and feelings of nostalgia. Engaging in traditions and rituals passed down from your parents can trigger emotions and serve as a reminder of the loss.”

The Remembering Our Mothers and Fathers program teaches that while this time of year may be challenging, there are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort, such as:

  • Using the day to share stories of your father or mother with other members of the family, especially younger generations who might not have known them.
  • Finding ways to celebrate the life of your parents, such as planting a tree, putting something that reminds you of them in a special place or cooking their favorite foods.
  • Carrying on traditions that your family enjoyed on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  • Going to a location that holds special memories of your mom or dad.
  • Remembering that, although mourning the death of a parent isn’t a new concept, this grief and experience is new and unique to you.

The session will take place at HOM’s Ann Arbor office 555 Briarwood Circle, Ste. 140, at 6:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Margie Martin at 734.769.5821 or mmartin@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 to Present Hope After Loss

Brighton, Michigan, March 31, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will present on Wednesday, April 6 an afternoon 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 Margie Martin, 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 at 2 p.m. at Wellbridge of Brighton, 2200 Dorr Road. This program is free and open to the community. Prior registration is required.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, contact Martin at 734.769.5821.

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 Host Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Grief Programs

Detroit, March 31, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will present a variety of grief events to help those who recently lost a parent cope, especially as we head into Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“The loss of a parent can be the single most devastating event we experience,” said Karen Monts, practice manager of counseling services at HOM. “Often, when a parent dies, people grieve their past and can be flooded by painful memories and feelings of nostalgia. Engaging in traditions and rituals passed down from your parents can trigger emotions and serve as a reminder of the loss.”

HOM’s Father’s Day and Mother’s Day programs teach that while these holidays may be challenging, there are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort, such as:

  • Using the day to share stories of your father or mother with other members of the family, especially younger generations who might not have known them.
  • Finding ways to celebrate the life of your parents, such as planting a tree, putting something that reminds you of them in a special place or cooking their favorite foods.
  • Carrying on traditions that your family enjoyed on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  • Going to a location that holds special memories of your mom or dad.
  • Remembering that, although mourning the death of a parent isn’t a new concept, this grief and experience is new and unique to you.

Event information is as follows:

  • Remembering our Mothers and Fathers: From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in Detroit at James H. Cole Funeral Home, 2624 W. Grand Blvd. To register contact Karen Monts at 313.578.6326.
  • Loss of a Parent: From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in Clinton Township at the HOM Macomb office, 39531 Garfield Road. To register contact Nancy Hennings at 586.263.8514.
  • Remembering our Mothers: From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the HOM Bloomfield Hills office, 43097 Woodward Ave. Suite 102. To register contact Claudia Been at 248.334.1323.

Hospice of Michigan’s grief support groups provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to express their feelings and better understand the grief process. These services are offered at no charge, although registration is required.

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 Host Rejoice and Remember Memorial Service

Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 29, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will host a Rejoice and Remember memorial service to recognize lost loved ones on Tuesday, April 12.

During the service, participants will be invited to reflect on the many ways those who have died have touched their lives. The event will include special music, inspirational messages and a reading of names. Participants are invited to bring an item of remembrance to display and refreshments will be served.

The gathering will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE. This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is requested.

The gardens, including the butterfly exhibit, will be available to tour free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 616.356.5258.

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 Offers Men and Grief Support Group

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, March 29, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will hold group meetings for men dealing with issues of grief.

The Men and Grief group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on four consecutive Fridays — April 22 to May 13 — at Hospice of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills office, 43097 Woodward Ave., Suite 102. The sessions, which will focus on the unique issues faced by men who have lost a loved one, will allow men to share insights, receive information about what to expect when grieving and learn specific strategies and coping skills for more effectively managing grief.

“Men often face unique challenges after losing a loved one,” said Bill Evans, group facilitator and grief support services manager for HOM. “Besides the general cultural expectation that men don’t cry and that they must not show their emotions when dealing with grief, falling into a depression or experiencing emotions such as unexpected anger may impact a man’s ability to move through his loss.”

There is no charge to attend the meetings, however advance registration is required.

For more information or to register for the Men and Grief support group, please contact Claudia 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 and Michael’s Place Host Mother’s Day Celebration

Traverse City, Michigan, March 29, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan and Michael’s Place will hold a Mother’s Day celebration on Thursday, May 5 to honor all women grieving the death of a loved one.

The event offers participants the opportunity to celebrate and remember the life of their loved one in a safe and relaxed setting. Attendees are welcome to bring a photo to share. A light lunch will be served.

The Mother’s Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michael’s Place, 1212 Veteran’s Drive. There is no fee to attend, although participants must register one week prior to the event.

For more information or to register, call Kathryn Holl at 231.929.1557 or Pam Jones at 231.947.6453. You can also send an email to goodgrief@mymichaelsplace.net

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 Names Grief Support Services Manager for Cadillac

Cadillac, Michigan, March 17, 2016 – A longtime Hospice of Michigan volunteer has been hired to oversee grief support services and educational programming for the Cadillac area.

Will Gasper of LeRoy will serve as the grief support services manager. His responsibilities include designing, developing and implementing programs and services for those who are bereaved.

Gasper’s extensive volunteer work with HOM includes leading grief support groups and providing one-on-one counseling. He also served as a volunteer with HOM’s Companionship program, which provides support for patients living at home or in a facility, and its My Stories program, which assist patients in recording memories.

His work experience includes many years as an adjunct professor for Ferris State University, where he taught a career exploration class for undecided students and also counseled those who needed extra help. He holds a master’s degree in professional counseling from Central Michigan University, and also holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

“We welcome Will to our team to help provide these vital services for individuals in this area,” said Karen Monts, practice manager of counseling services at Hospice of Michigan. “We rely on grief managers such as Will to provide support for our families and caregivers going through bereavement, as well as help the community understand our mission and how we can help with grief and loss issues.”

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 Host Journey Through Grief Support Group

Traverse City, Michigan, March 17, 2016 – Hospice of Michigan will host a Journey Through Grief support group in April.

The Journey Through Grief program is a series of weekly sessions that offer insight and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief. Practical handouts that include information about what to expect when grieving and specific strategies for coping more effectively are provided at each session.

Journey Through Grief sessions will be held each Wednesday from April 6 through April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HOM’s Traverse City office, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Suite 1155. This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Kathryn Holl at 231.929.1557.

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 Unveils New Event: Barley, BBQ & Beats

Whiskey, BBQ and Music Festival Will Benefit the Organization’s Open Access Program

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 16, 2016 – Barbecue lovers rejoice: Hospice of Michigan, the largest provider of hospice care in the state, is unveiling a first-of-its-kind community celebration.

Barley, BBQ & Beats will showcase whiskeys distilled in Michigan, along with barbeque from leading pit masters and barbeque restaurants on Saturday, May 21. The evening will also feature live entertainment, including performances from hometown favorites Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis and Big Dudee Roo.

The event, which will be held in the Van Andel Arena from 5-9 p.m., will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s open access program.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to our community,” said Marcie Hillary, vice president of community relations. “West Michigan enjoys a thriving craft food and beverage industry along with a love of community. We look forward to creating a special merger between the two in what we hope will become an annual event in support of Hospice of Michigan.”

For a $35 ticket, guests, who must be at least 21, will be able to sample barbecue and fixins’ from some of our leading pit masters and barbecue restaurants while tasting hand-crafted cocktails from:

  • Daddy Pete’s BBQ in Grand Rapids
  • Dallas Deli in Wyoming
  • Horseshoe Smokehouse in Grand Rapids
  • Main Street BBQ in Lowell
  • Piggies in Coppersville
  • Saladino Smoke in Ada
  • Two Scotts Barbecue in Grand Rapids
  • Slows Bar B Q in Grand Rapids
  • American Fifth Spirits in Lansing
  • Bier Distillery in Sparta
  • Coppercraft Distillery in Holland
  • Detroit City Distillery in Detroit
  • Grand Traverse Distillery in Grand Rapids
  • Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids
  • New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland
  • Red Cedar Spirits in East Lansing
  • Two James Distillery in Detroit

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice provider in the state. The funds raised at the event will help HOM provide quality of life at the end of life for West Michigan residents through its open access program, which provides care to all without regard to age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

Barley, BBQ & Beats will replace the organization’s annual Walk & Remember in East Grand Rapids. Over the past 20 years, the walk has raised more than $2.2 million to support the open access program.

“The support we receive from the community is vital so we can continue to offer compassionate end-of-life care to everyone in our community,” Hillary continued. “We thank the many supporters and families who’ve made Walk & Remember a success over the years.

“It is our hope to recast this event in a way that would continue to engage longtime friends from our organization while connecting with a new audience who may not be familiar with the care we provide.

“Event attendees will find themselves having a great time while supporting an important service that affects us all.”

The event is inspired by the John Clay Memorial BBQ & Rib Cook-off, an annual May event held by the Clay family in supporting of Hospice of Michigan. For the past 15 years, the Miller Welding team has transformed its corporate headquarters at 505 Grandville Ave. SW into a destination lunch spot, serving up barbeque, ribs and side dishes in support of HOM.

This year’s event is slated for May 13 and serves as the lead-in to Barley, BBQ & Beats. The dedicated team at Miller Welding has raised more than $500,000 for open access programs over the years.

The evening’s presenting sponsor is CareLinc Medical Supply. Additional sponsors include Meijer Inc., John Clay Memorial BBQ & Rib Cook-off, Betz Industries, Hansen/Balk Steel Treating, Mercy Health and Miller Canfield. In-kind sponsors are Signworks of Michigan, Inc. and Union Street Metal Fabrication.

To buy tickets or for more information, please visit hom.convio.net/bbbfestival or contact contact Alex Wilson at 616.356.5288 or awilson@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.