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Hospice of Michigan Receives $7,500 Grant From Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Funds provided from Community Priorities Cycle will benefit not-for-profit’s wE-Connect telehealth tool

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (June 15, 2021) Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, has received a $7,500 grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live in the Charlevoix County region. The grant is part of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation’s Community Priorities Cycle, which allows eligible nonprofit partners to apply for general financial support and funding – and will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s wE-Connect telehealth tool.

wE-Connect was launched in March 2020 as a direct response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic – eliminating any gaps in care due to visitor restrictions at hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. The virtual wE-Connect program allows caregivers to facilitate video visits between patients and their loved ones on tablets equipped with existing data plans – ensuring access to Hospice of Michigan’s care to anyone who needs it, without the added barrier of limited internet availability. Although wE-Connect does not replace Hospice of Michigan’s high-touch, in-person bedside primary model of care, it does add another dimension to provide patients and families the ability to receive and deliver quality and timely hospice and end-of-life care – as well as additional services such as complementary therapies and grief support services.

The $7,500 grant allows Hospice of Michigan to purchase approximately 23 of the 36 tablets needed to support wE-Connect program for patients and caregivers in Charlevoix County.

“This very generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a major step in making wE-Connect available to regions throughout the state – especially here in the Charlevoix area,” said Roxanne Kiesling, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “COVID-19 sparked this program – and even as we move into a ‘post-pandemic’ world, wE-Connect will be here to stay, for years to come, so we can continue providing the very best end-of-life to patients and their families.”

Hospice of Michigan served 32 patients in Charlevoix County in 2020 through its Open Access Program, which provides exceptional end-of-life care and support for anyone with a terminal illness, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. For more information about the services Hospice of Michigan offers in Charlevoix County and throughout the state, please visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Seeking Companionship Volunteers

Nonprofit looking for individuals in the greater Big Rapids area to assist with providing services to hospice patients

 BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (July 29, 2021)Hospice of Michigan is urgently seeking volunteers throughout Big Rapids and surrounding communities to support hospice patients receiving end-of-life care. The not-for-profit is specifically seeking volunteers to perform light household chores, provide companionship, caregiver relief and cosmetology services for hospice patients.

Yulanda Bellinger, 73 of Mecosta, has devoted her time to volunteering with Hospice of Michigan since experiencing the excellent care provided to her husband during the end of his life. Yulanda is a barber, as was her late husband. She has been a barber since 1986 and provides cosmetology services to patients of Hospice of Michigan. She also helps patients with other tasks. When she noticed that a patient wanted to write letters to her family but was unable to physically do so, Yulanda offered her own penmanship.

“This is a great way to give back to the community,” said Bellinger. “I get more out of it than I put into it. These people are so appreciative of everything. It fills your heart with love and joy doing things like this. It’s only a few minutes of every day.”  

 An orientation is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 400 Perry Rd, Big Rapids MI 49307, for individuals interested in volunteering.

“There are emotional, social and physical benefits for those who donate their time to a worthy cause,” said Megan Cadle, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Volunteering at Hospice of Michigan can provide an emotional connection to people who they otherwise wouldn’t have, as well as provide a sense of community by engaging in a cause you believe in.”

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Cadle at 616-356-5233 or mcadle@hom.org to register for the August training. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and becoming a volunteer, visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Seeking Licensed Cosmetology Volunteers

Volunteers to provide haircuts for hospice patients across southeast Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 14, 2021)Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, members of the NorthStar Care Community, are seeking licensed cosmetology volunteers to provide haircuts for hospice patients across southeast Michigan.

The not-for-profits have a specific need for volunteers in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston, Lenawee, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties who can make a difference in the lives of others by visiting patients’ homes to offer their professional services.

Volunteers must have an up-to-date cosmetology license to be considered. All volunteers are required to complete orientation, background checks and fingerprinting.

“Giving haircuts to hospice patients is such a special way to give back,” said Alana Knoppow, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice volunteer program manager. “This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for retired cosmetologists who keep their licenses up, or for any licensed professional, to use their skill to make hospice patients feel good about themselves and restore their dignity.”

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice volunteers are vital in helping to deliver exceptional, compassionate support to patients and families according to its mission of caring for patients wherever they call home, right in the same community in which its volunteers live.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Alana Knoppow at 248-303-6818 or aknoppow@hom.org. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, visit hom.org or arborhospice.org.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.

Michigan Children Can Turn Grief into Good by Attending ‘Camp Good Grief’ Hosted by Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice

Annual camp returns for second year of virtual format to provide opportunities for fun, sharing and healing

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 24, 2021)Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s annual Camp Good Grief is returning Saturday, July 31 – and for the second consecutive year, the popular and free, one-day retreat for grieving Michigan children will be held virtually. The program is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Camp Good Grief is for children ages 8-17 who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. Throughout the course of the day, children will have opportunities to address their feelings and remember their loved ones through a variety of activities focused on grief education and emotional support, including arts, crafts, music and conversation. Children will also find comfort knowing there are others just like them who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to how they are feeling – opening up possibilities to create new friendships that will last long after camp is over.

“It is so important that we continue to check on our children and make sure they’re doing okay,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “There’s no question this past year has been extremely tough for everyone. Children cope with grief differently than adults. We want to be there for them as they navigate their journey, so they know they’re not facing grief alone.”

All activities during the virtual camp session will be administered and facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists. Attendees will also have all supplies provided to them free of charge.

Registration for Camp Good Grief is due by Friday, July 16. Families interested in participating are encouraged to register as soon as possible by visiting hom.convio.net/virtualcamp, as space is limited. A Zoom link will be provided upon signup.

Prior to camp, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief educational session for parents or guardians to learn more about the virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.

For more information about Camp Good Grief, please contact the following individuals or visit www.hom.org:

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Partner with Grief is Love Lost to Offer Support to Grieving Individuals

Audio sessions on a variety of topics will help those dealing with loss and grief

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 10, 2021) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, members of the NorthStar Care Community, are partnering with Grief is Love Lost (GILL) to provide self-guided grief support resources for grieving families.

GILL is a grief support audio series narrated and produced by radio and television reporter Eli Zaret, and grief and loss expert Dr. John Canine EDD, PhD. The two combined their skills, taking a scholarly approach to grief while sharing their personal and poignant stories to resonate with listeners. The collection features more than 60 brief audio sessions for coping with grief that allow grieving individuals to listen at their own pace as they move through their grief process.

Partnering with GILL expands the existing grief support services Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice offer to grieving individuals and families. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the not-for-profits’ grief support groups shifted to a virtual format to ensure the community continues to receive uninterrupted emotional support after losing their loved one. Virtual grief support, including GILL audio sessions, offers the same benefits as in-person sessions while allowing individuals to join by phone or computer.

“Grief isn’t curable, but over time we can learn to manage it and move through the death process to embrace hope and happiness,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are pleased to offer Grief is Love Lost as a self-directed resource for grieving individuals and families in our community.”

“Grief truly is love lost – it will never disappear because we never stop loving those we lost,” said Zaret. “We’re happy to partner with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice to provide audio sessions for those struggling with the loss of a loved one.”

To learn more about GILL and the grief support resources offered by Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, visit hom.org or arborhospice.org.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.

COVID-19 Loss Support Group Highlights Hospice of Michigan’s Series of Virtual Grief Support Sessions

Not-for-profit’s COVID-19 grief support group will be held third Wednesday of every month; all virtual sessions available for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 13, 2021) – Hospice of Michigan is continuing to offer virtual grief support groups throughout the spring and summer months for Michiganders experiencing the loss of a loved one.

The ongoing virtual sessions, highlighted by Hospice of Michigan’s first COVID-19-specific grief support group, offer the same content as in-person sessions – and individuals can join by phone or computer. Virtual sessions also ensure bereaved individuals and families receive uninterrupted emotional support while protecting their physical well-being, as well as that of Hospice of Michigan volunteers and staff.

For more information on individual groups, please visit Hospice of Michigan’s Virtual Touch Programs. The following virtual grief support events are scheduled to take place:

Parental Grief Seminar with Guest Speaker Clifford Denay: Author of Parents’ Grief: Daily Meditations for Healing After the Death of a Child

  • Tuesday, May 4 – 1 until 2 p.m.

Living On Grief Support Groups

  • First and third Friday of the month: April 16, May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, July 2 and 16 and Aug. 6 and 20 – 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.
  • RSVP to Cynthia Palmer: (248) 334-1323 or cpalmer@hom.org
  • First Wednesday of the month: May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4 – 2 until 3:30 p.m.
  • Second Wednesday of the month: April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11 – 1 until 2 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of the month: April 13, May 11, June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10 – 6 until 7:30 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month: April 20, May 18, June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17 – 1 until 2:30 p.m.

Living On: Loss from COVID

  • Third Wednesday of the month: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.

Living On: Loss of Adult Child

  • Second Thursday of the month: May 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.

Living On: Loss of a Spouse or Partner

  • Second and fourth Thursday of the month: April 22, May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 12 and 26 – 2 until 3:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Kjirsten Boeve: (231) 929-1557 or kboeve@hom.org

Living On for Young Adults

  • First Monday of the month: May 3, June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.
  • RSVP to Wes Lawton: (586) 263-8514 or wlawton@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss

  • First Tuesday of the month: May 4, June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3 – 6 until 7:30 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month: April 20, June 18, July 20 and Aug. 17 – 6 until 7:15 p.m.

“More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospice of Michigan is honored to offer families mourning the loss of a loved one with safe and effective grief support services,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Hospice of Michigan. “When this pandemic started, we were quick to shift our services to a virtual format, and it has proven to be extremely beneficial for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing to provide these critical bereavement services to anybody who needs them.”

For more information on Hospice of Michigan’s virtual grief support groups across the state, please contact Karen Monts at kmonts@HOM.ORG or (313) 578-6326. You can also visit www.hom.org or 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 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.

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Volunteers Make a Difference at Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 9, 2021) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, both members of the NorthStar Care Community, are celebrating its dedicated team of statewide volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24, 2021.

The not-for-profits rely on volunteers every day across the state to deliver compassionate care to patients during what is arguably the toughest time of their lives. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering sustained by shifting from in-person to virtual volunteer visits to safely continue providing socialization and companionship to patients, and relief for their caregivers. This crucial role continues to evolve as in-person volunteer opportunities reemerge in select communities.

Hospice volunteers are courageous and compassionate. Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are proud to celebrate those who generously give their time and talents to help others. While no two volunteers have the same experience, all volunteers offer countless benefits to the patients, families and not-for-profits they serve. Some examples of this include:

  • Listening to patients during virtual and in-person companionship visits
  • Engaging with patients through music – both live performance and watching videos together
  • Providing crucial moments of relief for caregivers and family members
  • Bringing joy to patients with fun and relaxing pet visits
  • Handwriting cards during the pandemic to remind patients they are not alone
  • Delivering cheer to homebound patients in the form of colorful floral arrangements
  • Helping with office work virtually to support the mission of Every Person, Every Time

“Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of patients and families,” said Alison Wagner, Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “We are truly thankful for their endless generosity, compassionate support and unyielding dedication to our mission and our communities – not only during National Volunteer Week, but every day.”

To learn more about becoming a volunteer with Hospice of Michigan, visit hom.org. To learn more about becoming a volunteer with Arbor Hospice, visit arborhospice.org. No special experience is required to volunteer. For those who have experienced a loss, the organizations encourage a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Virtual Training for New Volunteers

Not-for-profit seeks individuals to assist patients and families in Holland, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Big Rapids and Ludington

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (March 12, 2021)Hospice of Michigan is looking for compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout west Michigan. Residents interested in donating their time can virtually attend a new volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

Hospice of Michigan has a specific need for volunteers in Holland, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Big Rapids and Ludington who can make a real difference in the lives of others:

  • Veteran volunteers to visit with veteran patients and participate in veteran pinning ceremonies.
  • Pet volunteers to visit patients with their four-legged companions to provide interaction, entertainment and enjoyment.

West Michigan native Pam Mohrhardt always wanted to volunteer, but never seemed to have the time. When she retired as a nurse and administrator for Christian Care Assisted Living in Muskegon, she wanted to fill her days with purpose. Working with seniors in a care facility showed Mohrhardt, firsthand, the excellent care Hospice of Michigan provides patients and families and inspired her to make a difference through volunteering. Now she encourages her community to ‘just try it.’

“Ask yourself what you can offer to others,” said Mohrhardt. “Whether it’s reading to a patient or just talking to them, you form a relationship with those you visit. You’re giving them a better quality of life through your time together.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the not-for-profit shifted from in-person to virtual volunteer visits to safely continue providing socialization and companionship to patients, and relief for their caregivers.

Hospice of Michigan volunteers are vital in helping to deliver exceptional, compassionate support to patients and families according to its mission of caring for patients wherever they call home, right in the same community in which its volunteers live. No special experience is required to volunteer.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Megan Cadle at 616-356-5233 or mcadle@hom.org to register for March training. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and becoming a volunteer, visit www.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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888-247-5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Seeks Sewers to Create Memory Bears to Comfort Grieving Families

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (March 10, 2021)Hospice of Michigan is currently seeking volunteers with sewing experience to create ‘Memory Bears’ to help comfort families who have lost loved ones.

The Memory Bear program was created in June 2014 by the not-for-profit’s grief support services department to help bereaved Hospice of Michigan families capture and preserve aspects of their loved ones within one-of-a-kind stuffed animals. As the initiative continues to gain popularity among bereaved families, more volunteers are needed to meet sewing demands.

Memory Bears are approximately eight inches in height, and made with compassion and love by skilled volunteers. Families are encouraged to bring clothing of a loved one for sewers to use in creating a commemorative teddy bear. Hospice of Michigan patient families may receive one uniquely designed memory bear per each family.

“Memories can last a lifetime. Often, patient families choose a favorite shirt or color to make the bear even more characteristic of their loved one,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan. “Hospice of Michigan’s Memory Bear program gives families a special keepsake to cherish even after their loved one has passed.”

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

If you or someone you know is interested in donating time to the Memory Bear program, contact the grief support manager in your community:

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 (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, Arbor Hospice to Host Virtual Music Therapy Sessions for Children and Adults Coping with Grief

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, members of the NorthStar Care Community, will host virtual music therapy grief support sessions for children and adults who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one.

The groups will meet via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at 11 a.m. with “Mini Music Arts Camp for Kids: Coping with Grief and Loss.” Music supplies in the form of egg shakers will be delivered to all children who sign up for the event. A second virtual session, “Resilience: Exploring Grief and Loss through Music for Adults,” will begin at noon and focus on adults going through the grieving process. Both events are free of charge and will feature Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s specially trained music therapists – allowing individuals who are not under hospice care to experience how music therapists use the profound power of music to comfort their patients.

The benefits of music therapy are widely recognized in the healthcare field as having both immediate and long-term effects in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. With the universal power to affect emotions, the right kind of music can enhance relaxation to ease pain and anxiety – bringing comfort to patients physically, emotionally and spiritually to help in ways that other forms of treatment or therapy cannot.

“Research has shown the effectiveness of music therapy even in patients who are resistant to other treatment approaches,” said Rachael Lawrence-Lupton, MA, MT-BC and music therapy supervisor for NorthStar Care Community. “Our music therapists engage patients with music in ways best suited for their needs and preferences, allowing them to feel heard and validated. The music brings them back to themselves and opens them up to connection with others.”

Individuals who wish to participate in either music therapy grief support session must RSVP by Friday, Feb. 12 to Lawrence-Lupton at (734) 846-7638 or rlawrence-lupton@arborhospice.org.  A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

The sessions are accessible to anyone across the state, regardless of whether their loved one was under Hospice of Michigan or Arbor Hospice’s care. For more information about Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s music therapy programs, please visit www.hom.org/music-therapy or www.arborhospice.org/our-care-services/therapies/music-therapy.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.