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Stephen Ministry Network to host annual conference in Southfield

“Through Death to Life” author Ron Gries set to present

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Oct. 9, 2017) – Stephen Ministry Network of Southeast Michigan is preparing to host its annual fall network conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The program will be held at St. John’s Armenian Church at 22001 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.

Sponsored by the Hospice of Michigan Institute, Adding Life to Days: The Final Journey – Spirituality, Grief, and End-of-Life Care will focus on the care of the human spirit at end-of-life, the grief journey, and end-of-life programs and concepts. The morning will feature presentations by Teri Turner, director of pediatrics & clinical excellence and Karen Monts, director of grief support services, both of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Author Ron Gries will discuss his book Through Death to Life in the afternoon, sharing the story of his journey through grief in the terminal stages of his wife Patty’s cancer diagnosis.

Attendees can expect to leave the conference with increased confidence in their ability to provide comfort in caring for those facing their final journey.

The event is open to all Stephen Ministry groups in the area. For more information and to register, please contact Barry Haupt at 586.781.2266 or barryh@stoney.church.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Stephen Ministry Network to host annual conference in Southfield

“Through Death to Life” author Ron Gries set to present

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Oct. 9, 2017) – Stephen Ministry Network of Southeast Michigan is preparing to host its annual fall network conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The program will be held at St. John’s Armenian Church at 22001 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.

Sponsored by the Hospice of Michigan Institute, Adding Life to Days: The Final Journey – Spirituality, Grief, and End-of-Life Care will focus on the care of the human spirit at end-of-life, the grief journey, and end-of-life programs and concepts. The morning will feature presentations by Teri Turner, director of pediatrics & clinical excellence and Karen Monts, director of grief support services, both of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Author Ron Gries will discuss his book Through Death to Life in the afternoon, sharing the story of his journey through grief in the terminal stages of his wife Patty’s cancer diagnosis.

Attendees can expect to leave the conference with increased confidence in their ability to provide comfort in caring for those facing their final journey.

The event is open to all Stephen Ministry groups in the area. For more information and to register, please contact Barry Haupt at 586.781.2266 or barryh@stoney.church.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan to host Crocheting Through Grief support group

LUDINGTON, Mich. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Members of Ludington and surrounding communities are invited to attend Crocheting Through Grief, a monthly grief support program hosted by Hospice of Michigan. The group will meet on the first Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 5177 US-10 Suite B in Ludington.

Participants will learn basic crocheting skills as they discuss grief and loss topics based on the interests of those in attendance. The focus of the group is to practice self-care skills of “creativity” and “giving back.” Participants will create blankets that will be donated to a local hospital. Beginners and experts alike are invited to experience a creative outlet for their grief in a non-judgmental environment. Donations of crochet needles and yarn will be accepted and are greatly appreciated.

The event is free and open to the public, regardless of whether or not a loved one has received care from Hospice of Michigan. For more information or to register, please 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 is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan to host Walking Through Grief support group

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for Walking Through Grief, a free monthly grief support group, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month through December, located in the pavilion at Hemlock Park on the east end of Hemlock and Warren in Big Rapids.

Walking Through Grief will address grief and loss topics in an informal but supportive manner. While discussion topics vary based on the interests of the group, the focus is to practice self-care through exercise while experiencing support in a non-judgmental environment.

The group is open to all members of the public, regardless of whether or not their loved one received service from Hospice of Michigan.

To register, please contact Katie Gedraitis at kgedrait@hom.org or 231.527.0913.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice welcome Jason Beckerleg as Creative Director

Beckerleg brings over 10 years of professional design experience to the nonprofit organizations 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Aug. 28, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice are pleased to announce Jason Beckerleg as creative director and webmaster. Beckerleg will oversee the design and production of print, video, and web-based materials for both organizations. He will also work with the IT team to ensure the security and stability of the organizations’ online environment.

As creative director, Beckerleg will work closely with Tracey Pierce, director of marketing & communications, as well as the grief services staff, development staff, and marketing team to edit, design, and produce external newsletters, collateral material, promotional announcements, and event support materials for HOM/Arbor programs.

Beckerleg previously owned and operated a successful graphic design business before joining Christopher Place Senior Communities, where he earned two Mature Online Business Marketing Achievement (MOMBA) awards. Most recently, Beckerleg was creative director at Crowd, a global communications agency. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University and holds a Professional Certificate in Graphic Design from Washtenaw Community College. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two young children.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701