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Hospice of Michigan to Host Free Loss of a Spouse Seminar in Clinton Township

CLINTON TWP., Mich. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, will host a free ‘Loss of a Spouse’ seminar and discussion on healing after the loss of a partner from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 39531 Garfield Rd. in Clinton Township.

With a message of hope, author and guest speaker Ron Gries will share excerpts from his book, Through Death to Life, while leading the discussion. Following his wife Patty’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Gries began a four-and-a-half-year journey that brought ideals like preciousness of living, sadness of death, totality of grief, wonder of healing and overwhelming power of faith to the forefront of his life.

By sharing challenges of his grief, Gries helps inspire other grieving individuals on their journey of healing.

The seminar is intended for those who have lost a spouse or life partner. All members of the community are invited to attend, regardless of whether or not their loved one received services through Hospice of Michigan.

A light meal will be served at the beginning of the seminar, followed by the speaker’s presentation at 1 p.m. Registration is required.

Please RSVP to Wesley Lawton at 586.263.8154 or wlawton@hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Free ‘Men In Grief’ Lunch Group Sessions in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is set to continue its monthly luncheons for men going through the grieving process after losing a loved one. The sessions will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion 459, 658 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids. Additional sessions will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. While the meetings are free, attendees are asked to cover the cost of their meal and beverage.

Men grieve differently from women, and the differences will be explored with discussion led by Hospice of Michigan grief support specialists such as moderator Larry Duggan, a Hospice of Michigan volunteer for the past 13 years. When it comes to dealing with the death of a loved one, men often suppress their grief in light of cultural expectations that they remain strong and in control. Suppressing sadness over the loss of a loved one, however, can have a long-lasting, and even permanent, negative impact on a man’s emotional health.

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. The not-for-profit’s ‘Men in Grief’ support group is 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.

For more information and to register for Men in Grief, please contact Sue Glover at 616.356.5255 or sglover@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the 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 and Michael’s Place to Host Free ‘Writing Through Loss’ Workshops

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is partnering with Michaels’s Place to host a series of free Writing Through Loss workshops every Thursday starting Sept. 12 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. The workshops will run six consecutive Thursday mornings at the nonprofit grief support center, located at 1212 Veterans Dr. in Traverse City, and will encourage participants to utilize their “creative side” in the healing process.

The event is open to adults grieving a loss and interested in writing, regardless of whether or not their loved one received service from Hospice of Michigan. Journals and pens will be provided, and light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The groups will be led by Kathryn Holl and Melissa Fournier, licensed professionals in the counseling and social work fields. Holl is a grief support services manager at Hospice of Michigan and former instructor of Life Story writing. Fournier is the program director at Michael’s Place, co-editor of AFTER: Stories About Loss & What Comes Next (2019) and writer and publisher of Abruptio (2019), a novel that explores the personal story of losing her infant daughter. Fournier’s work has also appeared in the Dunes Review and The Sow Ear’s Poetry Review. She received the 2013 William J. Shaw Prize for Poetry awarded by Michigan Writers.

Writing Through Loss is an informal support group in which participants can discuss a wide range of topics related to grief. These sessions are among the many free grief support services from Hospice of Michigan that offer a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.
To register, please contact Kathryn Holl at kholl@hom.org or 231.929.1557.

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 to Host Fly and Remember Memorial Service

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan residents are invited to come out and fly a kite to honor their lost loved ones during the 2019 Fly and Remember event. The annual, uplifting ceremony will take place Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. until noon at Starr Jaycee Park, located at 1101 W. 13 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak. Participation is free.

Hosted by Hospice of Michigan and its partners, Henry Ford SandCastles and A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Homes, Fly and Remember offers an enjoyable opportunity to remember and celebrate those who live on in our memories. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their relationship with a loved one, regardless of how recent their loss might be, by personalizing and flying a kite in their honor. Kite-making materials will be provided at no cost. Attendees may bring their own kite or choose to use one that will be provided by Hospice of Michigan. Singer Al Bettis will also provide additional entertainment by performing his hit single “It Is Beautiful.”

All are welcome to attend Fly and Remember, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan. Hot dogs and light snacks will also be served.

To register for the 2019 Fly and Remember event, please contact Wesley Lawton at 586.263.8514 or wlawton@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the 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 to Host Fly and Remember Memorial Service

LUDINGTON, Mich. (August 27, 2019) – Residents living in Ludington and the surrounding communities are invited to come out and fly their kites to honor their lost loved ones during the 2019 Fly and Remember event. The annual, uplifting ceremony will take place Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park, located at 1122 S. Williams St. in Ludington.

Hosted by Hospice of Michigan, Fly and Remember offers an enjoyable opportunity to remember and celebrate those who live on in our memories. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their relationship with a loved one, regardless of how recent their loss might be, by personalizing and flying a kite in their honor. Kite-making materials will be provided at no cost.

All are welcome to attend Fly and Remember, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan. A light dinner will also be served.

To register for the 2019 Fly and Remember event, please contact grief support services manager Katie Gedraitis at 231.845.3423 or kgedrait@hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Free ‘Coffee and Grief’ Sessions in Southfield

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (August 27, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, will host a series of free Coffee and Grief sessions every Wednesday in September, starting Sept. 4, from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 400 Galleria Officentre, Ste. 400 in Southfield. The sessions will run four consecutive Wednesday mornings and participants are welcome to bring their favorite cup of comfort.

Coffee and Grief is an informal support group in which participants can discuss a wide range of topics related to grief. These sessions are among the many free grief support services from Hospice of Michigan that offer a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. All programs are open to anyone facing the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

For more information and to register for Coffee and Grief, please contact Claudia Been at 248.334.1323 or cbeen@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.

Delivering End-of-Life Care at Home: Hospice of Michigan Spotlights Patient Safety During National Safe at Home Week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 22, 2019) – “Home is where the heart is” – a saying as old as time – is an adage that also reflects the compassionate palliative and end-of-life care Hospice of Michigan delivers to patients annually wherever they call “home.” Serving more than 50 percent of its 5,100 annual patients in their own homes throughout the lower peninsula, the state’s original and largest hospice provider values the health benefits being in comfortable, familiar and loving surroundings has on a patient’s quality of life.

Through an interdisciplinary care team, Hospice of Michigan delivers wide ranging medical care and support to patients through specially trained doctors and nurses, hospice aides, social workers, Spiritual Care Advisors and volunteers, each one dedicated to a customized care plan that prioritizes patient safety.

In recognition of National Safe at Home Week (August 26-30), dedicated to raising awareness about the potential dangers to people in their homes, Hospice of Michigan emphasizes important practices in-home hospice support provides to help caregivers ensure their loved ones receive the safest care possible.

  • The first step is conducting a household survey to identify potential safety concerns, including fall risks. Hospice of Michigan’s clinical team – often aided by partner physical or occupational therapists – assesses patients’ homes and recommends ways to adapt the environment to eliminate trip hazards, remove barriers and install necessary safety equipment, such as ambulatory and transfer devices, shower grab bars, bedrails and alarms.
  • Hospice aides and other members of the clinical team not only help provide care to assist the patient and caregivers, but also train caregivers on the best methods for providing physical assistance throughout the day without injury – to their loved ones or themselves. This includes how to properly lift patients, safely transferring them from one location to another, safe showering techniques, repositioning in bed and more.
  • Doctors provide clear dosing and scheduling instructions for medications and the clinical team helps caregivers set up processes to store, organize and log medications to ensure safe administration to home-based patients.
  • Social workers work diligently to help secure any specific, additional resources and support patients need to stay safely in their homes and to enhance quality and comfort at end-of-life.

In addition to physical safety, Hospice of Michigan also suggests ways to enhance the home environment to create a more convenient and stress-free atmosphere for patients and caregivers:

  • Creating the right place – HOM suggests ways patients and caregivers can modify their existing living and sleeping spaces within the home so the center of care is more accessible and easier for the caregiver and more comfortable for patients.
  • Stimulating physical and mental activity – One of the biggest frustrations that comes with being ill is the loss of control. Many patients, however, can remain mentally alert and active through limited activity with their caregivers such as playing cards or board games, being read to and talking about family plans and activities.
  • Working through frustrations – At-home caregivers realize that patients can often feel like they are a burden to their loved ones. HOM’s interdisciplinary team trains them to affirm and not deny a patient’s anger, as well as emphasize that caregiving is a privilege for them.

“Caregiving is complex. It illuminates our intrinsic strengths and exposes our limitations,” said Michael Paletta, MD and chief medical director for Hospice of Michigan. “Our commitment to modeling a better way of caring inspires our research and education initiatives that result in improved care for all.”

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, including details of how to enroll in at-home hospice services, please 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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Fly and Remember Memorial Service

CADILLAC, Mich. (August 20, 2019) – Residents living in McBain, Cadillac and the surrounding communities are invited to come out and fly a kite to honor their lost loved ones during the 2019 Fly and Remember event. The annual, uplifting ceremony will take place Thursday, September 12 from 3 until 5 p.m. at Autumnwood of McBain, located at 230 S. Hughston St. in McBain. Participation is free.

Hosted by Hospice of Michigan, Fly and Remember offers an enjoyable opportunity to remember and celebrate those who live on in our memories. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their relationship with a loved one, regardless of how recent their loss might be, by personalizing and flying a kite in their honor. Kite-making materials will be provided at no cost. Attendees may bring their own kite or choose to use one that will be provided by Hospice of Michigan.

All are welcome to attend Fly and Remember, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan.
To register for the 2019 Fly and Remember event, please contact Will Gasper at 231.444.3350 or wgasper@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 to Host ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ Workshops

Series will run for six consecutive weeks at agency’s office in Ludington

LUDINGTON, Mich. (August 12, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest hospice provider, is hosting a series of free workshops in Ludington this fall that will offer important tools to help manage the stresses and responsibilities of caregiving.

The workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until noon at the Hospice of Michigan office in Ludington, located at 5177 U.S. Highway 10, for six consecutive weeks from Sept. 10 through Oct. 15.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers will highlight ways caregivers can take care of themselves while they are simultaneously supporting for a relative or friend who needs assistance. The six-part series will cover a variety of topics, including tips for reducing stress, guilt and anger; making tough decisions and much more. Additional topics that will be discussed include:

  • Hiring in-home help
  • Understanding depression
  • Helping memory-impaired elders
  • Making decisions about driving
  • Making legal and financial decisions
  • Making decisions about care facility placement

The weekly caregiver support series is presented in partnership with the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, which delivers high quality and affordable programs promoting healthy lifestyles.

Please note that programming during these caregiving workshops will not focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver.

There is no cost to attend these workshops, but registration is required. No professional caregivers, please. For more information, contact Katie Gedraitis at (231) 845-3423 or kgedrait@HOM.ORG.

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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Brings on Megan Cadle as Volunteer Program Manager

Wealth of volunteer experience benefits state’s largest not-for-profit hospice

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 8, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is pleased to announce Megan Cadle, MPA, CVA as its new volunteer program manager for the West Michigan region, serving the Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ludington and Muskegon communities.

In this position, Cadle is responsible for designing training curriculum and coordinating personnel for the organization’s robust volunteer program, which uses the gifts of people from all walks to give comfort and care to patients at end-of-life.

Cadle comes to Hospice of Michigan from the Give Kids The World Village in Orlando, Florida, where she oversaw the volunteer services department. Her experience also includes positions at Make-A-Wish Michigan, the American Red Cross and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in public and nonprofit administration and Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She lives in Grand Rapids..

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 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.