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Metro Detroit Kids to Gain Valuable Grief-Coping Skills at Camp Good Grief

Registration now open for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s free one-day camp

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (May 24, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are accepting applications from now until Friday, June 28 for its annual Camp Good Grief, which will be held on Friday, August 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, 7300 Hickory Ridge Rd. in Holly, Michigan. The camp is open to any child dealing with grief, regardless of whether or not their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan or Arbor Hospice. To register, visit hom.convio.net/camp.

Camp Good Grief is a free, one-day camp for children ages 8-17 that combines a variety of fun activities with grief education and emotional support. All activities are facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and trained volunteers, along with the experienced staff at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa. Throughout the day, campers will enjoy fun and adventurous recreation including arts and crafts, rock climbing, canoeing and other team-building activities. The camp gives children an opportunity to address their feelings, remember their loved ones and create friendships that last long after camp is over.

Campers will have the opportunity to explore and play on acres of groomed fields and natural woods around Fish Lake, and parents can trust the adventures at Camp Ohiyesa are led by well-trained Camp staff whose umber one focus is their campers.

Lunch and a snack are included with registration.

Space is limited and those interested are encouraged to register early. For questions regarding camp activities or registration, contact Cindy Palmer at cpalmer@Arborhospice.org or 734.794.5177.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

West Michigan Kids to Gain Valuable Grief-Coping Skills at Camp Good Grief

Registration now open for Hospice of Michigan’s free one-day camp

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 6, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest hospice provider, is accepting applications from now until Thursday, May 30 for its annual Camp Good Grief, which will be held on Monday, June 17 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Camp Newaygo, 5333 S. Centerline Rd. in Newaygo, Michigan. The camp is open to any child dealing with grief, regardless of whether or not their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan. To register, visit hom.convio.net/camp.

Camp Good Grief is a free, one-day camp for children ages 8-17 that combines a variety of fun activities with grief education and emotional support. All activities are facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan grief professionals and trained volunteers, along with the experienced staff at Camp Newaygo. Throughout the day, campers will enjoy fun and adventurous recreation including arts and crafts, rock climbing, canoeing and other team-building activities. The camp gives children an opportunity to address their feelings, remember their loved ones and create friendships that last long after camp is over.

Campers will also participate in special activities meant to aid in the healing process, such as gathering around a healing circle to write a letter to their loved one and making memory boxes in their honor.

Breakfast, lunch and a snack are included with registration.

Space is limited and those interested are encouraged to register early. For questions regarding camp activities or registration, contact Katie Gedraitis at kgedrait@hom.org or 231.845.3423.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Tickets for Barley, BBQ & Beats On Sale Now to Support Hospice of Michigan

Fundraiser Comes to Cadillac for the First Time in 2019; Detroit, Grand Rapids Also Hosting May Events to Benefit the Nonprofit

CADILLAC, Mich. (March 8, 2019) – Barley, BBQ & Beats, the popular statewide fundraiser for Hospice of Michigan, is coming to Cadillac for the first time this spring following successful benefits in Grand Rapids and Detroit. The event, which features some of Michigan’s most well-known whiskies, barbecue food and music, will be held at The Wex on Friday, May 17 from 5 until 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 in advance at www.hom.org/BBB2019. Admission increases to $45 at the door on the day of the fundraiser.

Ticket holders will receive tokens for three servings of barbecue delicacies and three hand-crafted cocktails. Additional tokens will also be available on-site for $5 each. Michelle Dunaway, anchor for 9&10 News, will be the event emcee.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies distilled in Michigan from:

Among the Michigan pit masters and restaurants providing BBQ tastings:

The beats will be brought by some of northern Michigan’s own, including:

“Hospice of Michigan is so excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to beautiful Northern Michigan for the first time,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “With the recent success of these fundraisers in Grand Rapids and Detroit, we just knew that Cadillac was next on the list for this event. We’re sure everyone who comes to The Wex will be treated to some of the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music, all to benefit the families Hospice of Michigan serves here in Northern Michigan.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Barley, BBQ & Beats has grown every year since 2016, when the inaugural event was held in Grand Rapids. Because of its popularity, the fundraiser has spread statewide, with 2019 dates set for:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. in Grand Rapids
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Eastern Market (Shed 3) in Detroit

For more information about attending or sponsoring the Cadillac Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019 or contact Michelle Gallagher at mgallagh@hom.org or 231.527.0927.

Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include: 9 & 10 News, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, Franco, Shamrock Companies, Capture The Dream Photography, Jordan Balkema Elder Law Center, Ritzema Family Dental, PC, Curry House Assisted Living & Memory Care, Maple Ridge Living Center, Rexair, Samaritas, Primo’s BBQ and The Q Smokehouse.

Event vendors and sponsors are continually being added. For the most recent list, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.

Barley, BBQ & Beats Tickets On Sale Now to Support Hospice of Michigan

2nd annual metro Detroit fundraiser moves to historic Eastern Market for 2019; Cadillac, Grand Rapids also hosting May events to benefit the nonprofit

DETROIT, Mich. (March 8, 2019) – Barley, BBQ & Beats is returning to metro Detroit for a second-straight spring, and in 2019, the fun is moving to the heart of the Motor City! The event, which features some of Michigan’s most well-known whiskies, barbecue food and music, will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at Eastern Market’s historic Shed 3. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 in advance at www.hom.org/BBB2019. Admission increases to $45 at the door on the day of the fundraiser.

Ticket holders will receive tokens for three servings of barbecue delicacies and three hand-crafted cocktails. Additional tokens will also be available on-site for $5 each. Evrod Cassimy, co-host of Local 4 News Today on WDIV, will emcee the event.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies distilled in Michigan from:

BBQ will be catered from such leading southeast Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

The beats will be brought by some of metro Detroit’s own, including:

If guests have sensitivities to barbecue foods, there will be alternative samplings available at the event as well.

“Hospice of Michigan is so excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to historic Eastern Market this year,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We love seeing people from across Southeast Michigan come together for some of the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music, all to benefit the families Hospice of Michigan serves here in metro Detroit.”

Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Barley, BBQ & Beats has grown every year since 2016, when the inaugural event was held in Grand Rapids. Because of its popularity, the fundraiser has spread statewide, with 2019 dates set for:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. in Grand Rapids
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at The Wex, 1320 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Southeast Michigan have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. For more information about attending or sponsoring the Detroit Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019 or contact Stephanie Maurice at smaurice@hom.org or 248.387.6013.

Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include: ABG of Michigan, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, Franco, Shamrock Companies, Affordable Homecare, Foster Financial, JLL Commercial Real Estate, Wolverine Packing Co., Connected Strategy Advisors, Doeren Mayhew, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald D. Fitzgerald, Michigan First Credit Union, Novi Lakes Health Campus, Nancy Philippart & Tom McGrail, Senior Helpers, Slows Bar BQ, C.A.Y.A Smokehouse Grill, Hogs Hollow and The Moveable Feast.

Event vendors and sponsors are continually being added. For the most up-to-date list, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Tickets for Barley, BBQ & Beats On Sale Now to Support Hospice of Michigan

Annual Grand Rapids Fundraiser Moves to DeVos Place For 2019; Cadillac, Detroit Also Hosting May Events to Benefit the Nonprofit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 8, 2019) – Barley, BBQ & Beats is returning to Grand Rapids for a fourth-straight spring. The event, which features some of Michigan’s most well-known whiskies, barbecue food and music, will be held at DeVos Place on Saturday, May 11 from 5 until 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 in advance at www.hom.org/BBB2019. Admission increases to $45 at the door on the day of the fundraiser.

Ticket holders will receive tokens for three servings of barbecue delicacies and three hand-crafted cocktails. Additional tokens will also be available on-site for $5 each. Jordan Carson, co-host of eightWest on WOOD TV8, along with Hospice of Michigan’s Andy Holtgreive, will be the event emcees.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies distilled in Michigan from:

BBQ will be catered from such leading western Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

The beats will be brought by some of West Michigan’s own:

If guests have sensitivities to barbecue foods, there will be alternative samplings available at the event as well.

“Hospice of Michigan is so excited to bring Barley, BBQ and Beats back to downtown Grand Rapids for another year,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan.  We’re sure everyone who comes to DeVos Place will be treated to some of the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music, all to benefit the families Hospice of Michigan serves here in West Michigan.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in West Michigan have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Barley, BBQ & Beats has grown every year since 2016, when the inaugural event was held in Grand Rapids. Because of its popularity, the fundraiser has spread statewide, with 2019 dates set for:

  • Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at The Wex, 1320 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Eastern Market (Shed 3) in Detroit

For more information about attending or sponsoring the Grand Rapids Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019 or contact Roxanne Kiesling at rkiesling@hom.org or 616.356.5229.

Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include: Betz Industries, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, Stephen Klotz Family Foundation, John Clay Memorial BBQ, US Signal, Franco, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Metro Health: University of Michigan Health, Miller Canfield, Pioneer Construction, Kent Commerce Center, Mercantile Bank, Northern Properties, Samaritas, Specialty Metal Fabrications Inc., Thomas P. Sarb & Ruth Ann Brevitz, Van Dellen Steel, Inc. and Slows Bar BQ.

Event vendors and sponsors are continually being added. For the most recent list, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2019.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan Creates Art for the Grieving Heart

Remembering loved ones through creative expressions of grief

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March. 6, 2019) – Loss is anything but easy. To aid the healing process, Hospice of Michigan is hosting Art for the Grieving Heart from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 989 Spaulding SE, Ada 4930.

Art for the Grieving Heart is one of Hospice of Michigan’s free grief support services that offer a supportive environment for those struggling with the loss of a loved one. The event, which will be facilitated by vigil volunteer Sandra Bovee-Bernard, provides a creative outlet for individuals to express their grief through collages filled with favorite memories.

Attendees are instructed to bring copies of photographs, cards or any other memories they would like to include in their collage. No art experience is needed. Hospice of Michigan will provide supplies to use.

Art for the Grieving Heart is open to those in the community who would like to remember a lost loved one. To register, contact Sue Glover at 616-356-5255 or at sglover@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.

Hospice of Michigan Welcomes Wesley Lawton as Grief Support Services Manager

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb. 8, 2019) –Hospice of Michigan recently hired Wesley Lawton as grief support services manager for the Macomb Region. In his new role, Lawton will manage the nonprofit’s grief support services, supporting the bereaved through their grief journeys.

As the grief support services manager, Lawton will oversee Hospice of Michigan’s Living On support group, which takes place from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

Lawton received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oakland University. He previously worked at the nonprofit as a grief support intern.

The community is invited to meet Lawton at a Grief Support Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 39531 Garfield in Clinton Township. Guests will be able to learn more about the grief programs and support that are available. Light food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the Grief Support Open House, call Wesley Lawton at 586-263-8514 or email him at wlawton@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan to Host Free Hope After Loss Event

LUDINGTON, Mich. (Feb. 12, 2019) – Life without a loved one can be difficult and overwhelming. To help individuals coping with grief, Hospice of Michigan is hosting Hope After Loss from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 5177 W. US-10, Ste B, in Ludington.

Hope After Loss is a free event that offers a supportive and caring environment to work through grief. Hospice of Michigan welcomes anyone in the community who has lost a friend or loved one to participate in the discussion.

Grief Support Services Manager Katie Gedraitis will guide the conversation, addressing questions such as:

* What makes it difficult to grieve?

* How do I adjust to “change?”

* What is hope and how do I keep it alive?

To register for this event, which includes lunch, contact Katie Gedraitis at 231-845-3423 or kgedrait@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Come Out to See Thousands of Quarters Go the Distance During Hospice of Michigan’s “Quarter Mile” Event

WHAT: Join Hospice of Michigan for the construction of the “Cadillac Quarter Mile,” a spectacular assembly of thousands of quarters forming an impressive pathway of coins to benefit the nonprofit’s Give a Quarter Back campaign.

Residents from across Wexford, Osceola and Missaukee Counties will see their donations forming the “quarter mile” around the track inside the Manton High School gym. Since Nov. 1, members of the community have been dropping their extra change into the nearly 200 canisters located at area businesses.

The total money raised since Nov. 1, along with the amount collected on Friday evening, will be announced at the game. Once the quarters are tallied, the “quarter mile” proceeds will go to support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Fund, which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

 

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 25

5:45 p.m. – Quarters will arrive on-site with special escort from sheriff’s office
6:00 p.m. – J.V. basketball game tip off between the Manton Rangers and the Northern Michigan Christian Comets

  • Quarters will be consolidated and laid onto track during this game

7:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Time range for “Quarter Mile” reveal

 

WHERE:  Manton Consolidated High School

105 5th St., Manton, MI 49663

 

WHO: Margo Jacobs, marketing advisor for Hospice of Michigan
Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan
April Sibinovski, operations manager for Hospice of Michigan Cadillac

 

MEDIA: Working media interested in covering the event should plan on arriving no later than 6:45 p.m., but earlier arrival is recommended. Plenty of video and photo opportunities will be available as the thousands of quarters are assembled around the gymnasium track.

 

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

New Year, New You: Start 2019 By Helping Hospice of Michigan As A Volunteer

Nonprofit Looks to Alpena Area for Volunteers Wanting to Give Back This Year

ALPENA, Mich. (Jan. 14, 2019) – The calendar has turned to 2019, and that means many of us are looking to start-over and set new goals for ourselves.

Hospice of Michigan, the original and largest hospice provider in the state, has an opportunity for those who want to spend more time volunteering this year.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, caring and compassionate people interested in donating their time to Hospice of Michigan can attend a New Volunteer Orientation at 145 N. State Ave. from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers like Vickie Fields, who has been with Hospice of Michigan for more than 10 years, help provide socialization and companionship to patients or caregivers through activities such as playing cards, listening to music or simple conversation.

“When patients are close to death, I sit bedside vigil,” said Fields. “I remember once talking to a patient during a bedside vigil, and I was using imagery about being at peace, flowing down a river and no longer experiencing illness and pain, and how beautiful everything was. The hospice aide came to help move this patient into her own private room, and then we wheeled her in the wheelchair down to the new room. As we were getting her room ready, she peacefully passed away. I think she felt the movement of the wheelchair as if it was the flowing river; she was on the peaceful ride and then she just let go.”

Veteran volunteers are especially needed to visit with veteran patients. Interested individuals who would like to register for this class can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409 or klietaer@hom.org. For more information about Hospice of Michigan, please call 888-247-5701.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.