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Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Receive Donations to Facilitate Virtual Visits for Hospice Patients

Nearly $30,000 in gifts from regional foundations will purchase iPads for patients to connect with caregivers and loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (May 27, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice both members of the NorthStar Care Community, have received generous grants totaling nearly $30,000 from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation in Traverse City, Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan in Alpena and The Jones Family Foundation in Ann Arbor.

The grants will fund the purchase of 70 iPads to facilitate virtual visits with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s care team, as well as help connect patients in isolation to their families. The devices will be distributed to facilities and patients in Ann Arbor, as well as communities throughout Northeast and Northwest Michigan.

“The turnaround and support we’ve seen from these foundations have been simply incredible,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “Our organization strives to provide the very best end-of-life care possible throughout the state, and the fact that these grants came from foundations across all corners of Michigan says a lot about their dedication to our mission.”

The donations will aid the not-for-profit in its continued mission to provide the best end-of-life care to patients across the state, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay – especially as the COVID-19 crisis continues to put a strain on hospice patients and their families during these uncertain times.

“The impacts of the coronavirus are far reaching – often making it difficult for those at the end of their lives, and their loved ones, to stay connected with each other at a time when they can’t physically be together,” said Alison Metiva, vice president of strategic engagement and programs for the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “We’re proud to support the innovation and adaptation of Hospice of Michigan and their efforts to ease, at least a little, the difficulty of the impact for the families they serve.”

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated how Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice patients interact with their loved ones during their final days. Under our care and more normal circumstances, our patients are able to see their loved ones and caregivers in-person, but because of the COVID-19 crisis, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, for the most part, have limited in-person visits to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Some in-person visits, however, are still available, depending on the facility where the patient is receiving care.

“The Jones Family Foundation has ties with Arbor Hospice, so we didn’t think twice about providing the additional support,” said Tamara Carr, Director of The Jones Family Foundation. “We know when these iPads are purchased, patients won’t be alone because they’ll be able to interact virtually with their care team.”

Regarding the Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation, Rev. Martha Stuart, spiritual care advisor for Hospice of Michigan added, “Jennie would have cheered with the Care Team for the good that these iPads will bring for our patients and families for their physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Jennie would have provided them without telling us that it was her behind the gift – that’s just the kind of person she was; compassionate and selfless, through and through. I miss her presence in our office but continue to see her caring nature through her legacy.”
To make a monetary, tax-deductible donation to Hospice of Michigan, please visit www.hom.org/donations or to Arbor Hospice, please visit www.arborhospice/donate

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Earn CHAP Accreditation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (May 5, 2020) – The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) announced that Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice have been awarded accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence.

CHAP accreditation demonstrates that both organizations meet the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long-term viability. Accreditation reinforces Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are providing the highest quality of service to patients and their families in 48 counties across lower Michigan.

“At Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, we are devoted to our patients and their loved ones, providing comfort and peace to every person, every time,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “By achieving CHAP Accreditation, both of the not-for-profits have shown a commitment to excellence that demonstrates a focus on providing quality care and continuous improvement.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice by offering support in their commitment to serve families in Michigan,” said Nathan DeGodt, CHAP president and CEO. “Both organizations have formally received full accreditation due to their organizational preparedness, their clear processes and structures, and their highly knowledgeable, engaged and professional staff.”

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are not-for-profit agencies that provide care for all – regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Both offer 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.

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Detroit

New event date will be April 30, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

DETROIT (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its fifth annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Garden Theater, located at 3929 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Detroit in 2021, so Hospice of Michigan can raise the much-needed funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or writing positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Grand Rapids

New event date will be May 22, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its fifth annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Van Andel Arena, located at 130 Fulton St. W. in Grand Rapids. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary, decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Grand Rapids in 2021 so Hospice of Michigan can raise the much-needed funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or giving positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Cadillac

New event date will be May 7, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

CADILLAC, Mich. (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its second annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Friday, May 7, 2021 at The Wex, located at 1320 Mitchell St. E. in Cadillac. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Cadillac in 2021, so Hospice of Michigan can raise the necessary funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or giving positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

$1 Million Gift Establishes Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 7, 2019) – “I believe that becoming a family caregiver, especially at the end-of-life, is the ultimate expression of selflessness. These often-overlooked heroes make it possible for their loved one to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their home, taking on the majority of caregiving responsibilities, under the guidance of the hospice care team.”

So shared Lawrence D. Bos, Sr., Grand Rapids financial advisor and philanthropist, of the inspiration behind his recent donation of $1 million to Hospice of Michigan to establish the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the memory of Larry’s wife of 64 years, a loyal donor who was committed to helping others through life’s challenges. The fund is designed to provide the support and resources family caregivers need to care for their loved ones, bringing honor and dignity to each day they have together. Dolores passed away unexpectedly last year.

Costs to Hospice of Michigan in providing caregiver support exceed $3 million annually. The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Fund helps the not-for-profit provide essential resources that can help family caregivers navigate this sacred stage of life, including:

  • Items that improve a patient’s comfort and quality-of-life for families that may be struggling to finance, such as heating and cooling repairs, cell phones, meals, small utility bills, etc.
  • Access to a 24/7 caregiver support line to answer questions and dispatch a nurse to a patient’s home during crises, if needed.
  • Social work support for couples and family members struggling emotionally while caring for a loved one or re-establishing a healthy lifestyle following a death.
  • Grief support counseling for family members before and after the death of their loved one.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the couple’s legacy of generosity in serving others, especially their shared commitment to the not-for-profit hospice mission. Both a founding member of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation Board and past chair of the not-for-profit’s board of trustees, Larry has been a passionate advocate for the organization for nearly three decades. Dolores was also dedicated to HOM’s fundraising efforts and applied her artistic skills in creating Hospice of Michigan’s Crystal Rose, the iconic symbolic of the organization’s quality of care.

To make a contribution to the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund, contact Marcie Hillary, senior vice president and chief development officer for Hospice of Michigan, at mhillary@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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Hosting Two Workshops For People Coping with Grief This Holiday Season

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting two grief support workshops for people who are coping with grief after losing a loved one. Both of these free events will be held at the Bloomfield Hills Hospice of Michigan office, located at 43097 Woodward Ave., Suite 102.

  • ‘Adult Loss of a Parent’ will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and will offer supportive discussion and techniques for adults who are coping with the loss of a parent.
  • ‘Coping with the Holidays’ from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 will provide support for anyone who is grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions. ‘Coping with the Holidays’ will offer discussion on common challenges and provide techniques to help attendees handle grief and find comfort, such as:
    • Planning ahead: Those who seem to have the most difficulty with the holidays are often people who have given little thought to the emotional challenges they will encounter.
    • Taking care of yourself: Exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting a proper amount of rest.
    • Lowering expectations: Going easy on yourself and trying not to overextend in order to reduce overall stress.

Hospice of Michigan knows how difficult it can be to cope with losing a loved one during this time of year. ‘Adult Loss of a Parent’ and ‘Coping with the Holidays’ are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling with their loss. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required to attend either of these free grief support workshops. To sign-up, please contact Claudia Been at cbeen@HOM.org or (248) 334-1323.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshops will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

DETROIT, Mich. (Nov. 4, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting three ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops in metro Detroit this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 until 8 p.m., the Sterling Heights community is invited to come to the Sterling Heights Senior Center, located at 40200 Utica Rd, for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

A second workshop will be held in Taylor on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at New Hope Church, 8900 Pardee Ave., from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and a third event in Detroit will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located at 6100 Schaefer Hwy.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for both of these free grief support workshops. To sign-up for the Sterling Heights event, please contact Wes Lawton at (586) 263-8514 or wlawton@HOM.ORG. If an individual would like to attend the workshops in Detroit or Taylor, please contact Jackie Morris at (313) 578-6328 or jmorris@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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshop will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

LUDINGTON, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting a ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshop in Ludington this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6 until 7:30 p.m., the Ludington community is invited to come to all Occasions Event and Floral, located at 110. N. James St. in Ludington, for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for this free grief support workshop. Dinner will be provided, and attendees can also create a holiday floral arrangement in memory of their loved one. To sign-up, please contact Katie Gedraitis before Tuesday, Nov. 5 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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshop will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

ALPENA, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting a ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshop in Alpena this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 until 7:30 p.m., the community is invited to come to the Hospice of Michigan office in Alpena, located at 145 N. State Ave., for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for this free grief support workshop. To sign-up, please contact Stacy Malenfant at (989) 358-4295 or smalenfa@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 not-for-profit 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.