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Hospice of Michigan to host support group series for men dealing with grief

Four-part “Men and Grief” seminar open to all

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Jan. 12, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan is hosting “Men and Grief,” a four-part seminar and discussion series focused on supporting men dealing with loss. The series will occur biweekly at 10 a.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 22 at the Hospice of Michigan building on 1930 E. Apple Ave. in Muskegon.

Men grieve differently from women, and the differences will be explored in this series and discussion led by Will Gasper, Hospice of Michigan grief support services manager. Gasper will provide helpful insights to assist participants in moving through the grief process. This series is offered at no cost and is open to all members of the community.

Those interested may contact Will Gasper at 231.444.3350 or Bonnie Chasseur at 616.340.7363. To learn more about grief support services offered by Hospice of Michigan, please visit www.hom.org/our-services/.

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 more than 1,500 patients daily across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan Needs Musical Volunteers

Nonprofit hospice agency seeks passionate patient companions

TRAVERSE CITY, MI. Jan. 8, 2018 – Hospice of Michigan is seeking caring and compassionate patient companions, particularly those with musical ability who can play an instrument – piano, guitar, harp, vocals etc. – for one or more patients. The nonprofit hospice organization will hold a volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at 10850 E. Traverse Hwy. in Traverse City.

Hospice of Michigan incorporates popular past and present day music in comforting and entertaining patients. Volunteers with varied interests are welcome to attend the training session, regardless of musical ability. Those who choose to donate their time will learn about working with patients, as well as information about the nonprofit hospice agency and the benefits that active volunteers may experience. The session will be led by Hospice of Michigan’s volunteer program manager, Kathy Lietaert.

The Hospice of Michigan volunteer program shapes each contributor’s experience to accommodate individual availabilities and preferences. The training session offers the opportunity to build relationships, develop new skills, and ultimately make a difference in the community.

The training session is open to the public. Please call Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409 to register. To submit an online application prior to the session, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/. Paper applications will also be available the day of the session.

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 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 needs volunteers in central Michigan

Nonprofit seeking patient companions in Canadian Lakes, Alma, and Mt. Pleasant

BIG RAPIDS, MI. Jan. 8, 2018 – Hospice of Michigan is seeking caring and compassionate volunteers interested in donating their time as patient companions in Alma, Canadian Lakes, Evart and Mt. Pleasant. Those who have a passion for patient companionship are encouraged to submit a volunteer application. Partners or couples are welcome to apply and serve together.

Volunteer companions help provide socialization and companionship to patients or caregivers, through activities such as playing cards, listening to music or simple conversation. Interested individuals will be invited to a training session to learn about working with patients, as well as general information about the nonprofit hospice organization, its patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience.

Interested volunteers can contact Claire Fisher at 616.481.1536 or cfisher@hom.org for more information. To submit an online application, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/.

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 1,800 patients daily across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan Seeks Volunteer Patient Companions

Nonprofit hospice organization looking for volunteers in Alpena, Alcona Counties

ALPENA, MI, Jan. 4, 2018 – Hospice of Michigan is seeking caring and compassionate volunteers interested in donating their time as patient companions in Alpena and Alcona Counties, especially in Alpena’s outlying communities (25+ miles from the city). Those who have a passion for patient companionship are encouraged to submit a volunteer application. Partners or couples are welcome to apply and serve together.

Volunteer companions help provide socialization and companionship to patients or caregivers, through activities such as playing cards, listening to music or simple conversation. Interested individuals will be invited to a training session to learn about working with patients, as well as general information about the nonprofit hospice organization, its patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience.

Interested volunteers can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409 or klietaer@hom.org for more information, or visit www.hom.org. To submit an online application, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/.

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 1,800 patients daily across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.

Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children Launches Pilot Program To Enhance Healthcare for Children with Chronic Complex Conditions

$500,000 Michigan Health Endowment Fund Grant Establishes Initiative

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Dec. 7, 2017) – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund has awarded $500,000 to Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan to launch a pilot program for children living with complex chronic conditions.

The Pediatric Chronic Complex Care program will provide family-centered, sustainable service to children living with medical challenges and complications that currently are not adequately coordinated through their multiple specialist providers. The program is designed to minimize the amount of time youngsters with life-long serious conditions spend in hospital emergency rooms and as in-patients. The program provides 24/7 home-based support to pediatric patients through teams of professionals outside of the hospital, including a medical director, nurse practitioners, social workers and other specialists, based on each child’s specific needs.

Anchors Programs for Children will partner with CS Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for the Pediatric Chronic Complex Care program’s pilot year, with the intention of adding another Michigan children’s hospital in the second year to expand the geographic reach of patients served.

“Simply having a child with chronic, complex health issues is emotionally and physically challenging for families,” said Kenneth Pituch, MD, professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pituch also serves as the pediatric medical director for the Anchors Programs for Children.

“Navigating health care through multiple sources adds an additional set of difficulties that we are looking to ease through the Pediatric Chronic Complex Care program. We are dedicated to reducing the stress families’ face and helping to enhance quality of life for these fragile children by decreasing their emergency room visits and hospital stays. The Anchors Programs for Children is grateful to receive generous support through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to establish this home-based care program.”

For more about the Pediatric Chronic Complex Care program, call 888-247-5704.


ABOUT jo elyn nyman anchors programs for children AT HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from Jo Elyn Nyman and her parents, via the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit https://www.hom.org/our-services/anchors-pediatric-programs/.


ABOUT THE MICHIGAN HEALTH ENDOWMENT FUND

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. More information about the Health Fund can be found at www.mhealthfund.com.

Author Chris Van Allsburg to make Jumanji book signing appearance

Nicola’s Books to host event in advance of Ann Arbor movie premiere

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Nov. 29, 2017) – Children’s author and illustrator, and Caldecott Medal honoree, Chris Van Allsburg will sign copies of his award-winning 1981 book, Jumanji, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 at Nicola’s Books, located in the Westgate Shopping Center at 2513 Jackson Ave. in Ann Arbor.

To help expedite the signing for guests, the event will be ticketed and open to the first 250 people to pre-purchase a copy of Jumanji, online at www.nicolasbooks.com.

In addition to signing the new copies of Jumanji, Van Allsburg will also sign an additional two volumes of any of his works, either pre-owned or purchased on-site at the signing. Photographs will be allowed.

The appearance of the renowned author of Jumanji , The Polar Express and Zathura, precedes the Ann Arbor premiere of the new Sony movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, slated for Tuesday evening, Dec. 19 at the Michigan Theater. With a simultaneous showing at the Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids, the statewide movie premiere is a fundraiser for Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice.

VIP and general admission tickets for the Ann Arbor premiere can be purchased online at www.Jumanji4Anchors.org.

For more information about the book signing and to pre-purchase Jumanji, visit www.nicolasbooks.com. For more about the statewide Jumanji premiere, visit www.Jumanji4Anchors.org.


About Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.


About Nicola’s Books

Nicola’s Books is part of Schuler Books & Music, a chain of three bookstores across Michigan formerly known as Schuler Books. Schuler’s first store was founded in Grand Rapids in 1982 by Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld. The current flagship store at, 2660 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, includes The Chapbook Cafe and expanded offerings of music and other items. The other stores are located at the Meridian Mall in Okemos and the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing. In the summer of 2014, Schuler’s bought Nicola’s – an independent bookstore at 2513 Jackson Ave. in Ann Arbor – which it continues to operate by its original name.


About Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children

With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit https://www.hom.org/our-services/anchors-pediatric-programs/.

Simultaneous Statewide Premieres of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to Support Anchors Programs for Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 9, 2017) – Big time Hollywood adventure will benefit Michigan’s smallest patients as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has a simultaneous statewide premiere at Grand Rapid’s Celebration! Cinema North and Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in support of Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan (HOM).

Tickets for the Grand Rapids fundraiser are $100 per person, including popcorn for the 7:30 p.m. showing, preceded by a brief program emceed by WZZM’s Jennifer Pascua. Admission also includes a post-movie dessert reception at the theater. Tickets are available online at www.Jumanji4Anchors.org.

Anchors Programs for Children offers a full continuum of pediatric services to support families facing the life-limiting illness. As the only statewide pediatric hospice and pre-hospice program, Anchors serves families with specially trained staff that provide medical, social, spiritual and emotional support to help navigate complex medical situations. Since the inception of the pediatric programs, Anchors has served thousands of children and families across Michigan.

The statewide Jumanji premiere is made possible through the longtime friendship the organizations enjoy with world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, who penned Jumanji, and more than a dozen other books. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a brand new adventure adapted from the Caldecott author’s original 1981 book. Directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan, the movie features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan.

Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg and his wife, Lisa, will attend the premiere as guests of honor. Also supporting the dual-city fundraiser are statewide honorary committee members Mitch Albom and Janine Sabino, Karl and Patti Betz, Lloyd and Laurie Carr, George and Jo Elyn Nyman and Mark Schlissel and Monica Schwebs.

The Grand Rapids program emceed by Pascua will be simulcast in Ann Arbor, where Detroit media veteran Chuck Gaidica, executive director of Hilltop Church in Northville, will be hosting from the Michigan Theater.

“We are beyond grateful to everyone who’s lending their influence, their creativity and their resources to making the Michigan premiere of Jumanji a spectacular, multi-city fundraiser,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “It starts with the generosity of Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg and is multiplied by so many giving individuals across Michigan. Each shares our commitment to meeting the critical needs of our smallest patients through our Anchors Programs for Children.”

The Jumanji screening follows the highly successful Michigan movie premieres of The Polar Express in 2004 and Zathura in 2005, both based on Van Allsburg books, which raised more than $1.5 million for end-of-life pediatric care.

Supporting the dual-city fundraiser are statewide steering committee members James B. Fahner, MD and Kenneth Pituch, MD medical directors of the Anchors Programs. Emily Loeks, Marc Rosenthal, Jackie Silhanek and Ron Van Timmeren are also serving as statewide committee members.

Sponsorships for the Grand Rapids event are available by contacting Barbara Anderson at banderso@hom.org or 616-356-5266, or by visiting www.Jumanji4Anchors.org


ABOUT jo elyn nyman anchors programs for children AT HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN

With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit https://www.hom.org/our-services/anchors-pediatric-programs/.


Jumanji Film Preview

Adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, A Sony Pictures Production is directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

Join Us for a Statewide Film Premiere of Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle, to benefit Anchors Programs for Children

Watch this special message from Mitch Albom

We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned children’s author Chris Van Allsburg has turned to Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan to premiere his latest project, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Sony Picture’s 2017 Holiday blockbuster film.

Benefitting Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children – the film will be simultaneously screened in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, on the eve of the film’s nation-wide public release.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Fly & Remember Memorial Service

FRANKFORT, Mich. (Oct. 19, 2017) – Members of the community who have lost a loved one are invited to come out for Fly & Remember from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at The Maples Medical Care Facility, located at 210 Maple Ave. in Frankfort.

This free event, hosted by Hospice of Michigan, welcomes participants to remember their loved ones and share happy memories while personalizing a kite in their honor.

All are welcome at Fly & Remember, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan. Kite-making materials will be provided free of charge.

To register, contact Katie Gedraitis at kgedrait@hom.org or 231.845.3423.

For a complete list of Hospice of Michigan grief support groups, please visit www.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

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