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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Muskegon Veterans in Special Pinning Ceremony

Muskegon, Michigan, October 2, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with a special pinning ceremony in Muskegon on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Clock’s Funeral Home, 1469 Peck St. Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service.

HOM’s pinning ceremonies are open to the public, and media are welcome to attend. 

“Many military veterans have never been formally thanked for their service to our country,” said Dr. Michael Paletta, executive director of the Hospice of Michigan Institute. “Our pinning ceremonies not only provide well-deserved recognition for our veterans, but they also allow time to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of the military in an effort to preserve our freedom.”

Many of the Muskegon-area veterans being recognized at the Oct. 21 pinning ceremony are also participating in Legends Flight of Western Michigan’s all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. HOM is one of many sponsors of the day-long trip, which included airfare and a tour of the World War II memorial as well as other national monuments. During the HOM pinning ceremony, veterans who attended the trip will receive a scrapbook that includes photos from their journey.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services. As a Level Four WHV partner, signifying the organization has met the highest standards set by the VA and NHPCO for this national program, HOM has trained its care teams in 56 counties across Michigan. Paletta, who is also a retired Colonel and flight surgeon, serves as the executive champion of We Honor Vets for Hospice of Michigan.

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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community- based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Grief and Loss Support Program

DETROIT, September 25, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will host a Grief and Loss support program on Nov. 12.

The program, which will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Warren Civic Center library, 1 City Square, will feature a presentation from Ron Gries, author of “Through Death to Life.” Gries’ book is a collection of poetry and prose he wrote during his wife’s five year battle with cancer, which eventually took her life. During his presentation, Gries will reflect on his experience and discuss dying, living, grief, healing and hope.

The program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Nancy Hennings at 586-263-8514 or nhenning@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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community- based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

First Michigan Pediatric Hospice & Bereavement Conference to be Held Nov. 1

Art for Charlie Partners with Hospice of Michigan & MSU College of Human Medicine To Discuss Services Available, Needs to be Addressed

East Lansing, Michigan September 23, 2014 – The Art for Charlie Foundation is convening Michigan’s first- ever Pediatric Hospice and Bereavement Conference on Saturday, Nov. 1 in East Lansing.

This one-day conference is designed for healthcare, counseling and social work professionals from across the state. The event was created to define and remedy gaps in resources for dealing with the terminal diagnosis or death of a child and its impact on the family and community. The conference is co-sponsored by Hospice of Michigan, the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and the Peoples Church.

Doctors, caregivers, counselors and healthcare professionals, as well as representatives from the insurance industry and state government, are invited to participate on the panel discussions. Topics are designed to touch on specific needs of patients, families and providers in relation to serious or chronic illness in children, as well as end-of-life, grieving and related issues. For consideration on a panel, contact Art for Charlie at info@artforcharlie.org.

The morning session will begin at 8 a.m. and focus on pediatric palliative care. The panel will be led by:

  • Kenneth J. Pituch, director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Service at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and University of Michigan professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable diseases
  • James B. Fahner, MD, founder of the Cancer and Hematology program at DeVos Children’s Hospital and the driving force behind Hospice of Michigan’s pediatric hospice program

Following lunch, afternoon sessions convene at 1:30 p.m. focusing on resources available to support bereaved parents. Jerome C. Wakefield, professor of social work and professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry at New York University, will lead the discussion. He is a nationally known author and lecturer on the relationship of sorrow to psychiatry.

“Approximately 1,400 children die annually in Michigan, leaving a tremendous emptiness in the families they leave behind,” said Abigail Waller, president and founder of Art for Charlie, a charity helping children with life- limiting illnesses and grieving parents. “Yet most Michigan cities lack established resources for specialized pediatric palliative and hospice care or support for families who have lost a child.

“My husband and I recognized this need when our son, Charlie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of two. During the next three years, we learned the importance of coordinated palliative and hospice care for children in Michigan – and the scarcity of resources to address their needs. Charlie died in December, but our mission continues – to raise awareness of the need for pediatric palliative and hospice services that will provide support to families in need in our state. This conference is another step in that process.”

Registration is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch, to attend the full day of sessions. To register, visit  https://www.artforcharlie.com/conference.htm#form. Accommodation for the Friday and Saturday night is available at special rates at the Marriott at University Place, East Lansing through the link on the Art for Charlie website.

Please visit www.artforcharlie.com/conference or email info@artforcharlie.org for more information.

 About Art for Charlie Foundation
Established in East Lansing, Mich. in 2012, the Art for Charlie Foundation, is a 501(c)3 corporation that raises money through art events and art sales to provide hospice care for very ill children and to help families who have suffered the loss of a child.

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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

About MSU College of Human Medicine
For 50 years, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has drawn upon MSU’s land grant values to educate exemplary physicians, discover and disseminate new knowledge and respond to the needs of the medically underserved in communities throughout Michigan. The medical school offers students comprehensive education in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environment in which most physicians practice, in six community campuses at 13 leading hospitals throughout the state. The college is home to centers for excellence in Parkinson’s disease research and women’s health and reproduction research. For more information, visit the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Web site at www.humanmedicine.msu.edu.

 About the Peoples Church
The Peoples Church of East Lansing is an interdenominational Protestant congregation with approximately 1,300 members. Established in 1907 as People’s Congregational Church, it was the only church in East Lansing, Mich. at the time of its founding. In 1924, the congregation reincorporated as The People’s Church, with the apostrophe being later dropped.

Hospice of Michigan Hosts Hope for the Holidays Program

Grand Rapids, Michigan, September, 23, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will present a series of Hope for the Holidays events, a free community-outreach program that provides the bereaved with tips to deal with grief during a time when most are happy and expressing joy.

“Holidays can be extremely difficult for those suffering from grief, especially during the first year after the death,” said Desiree Davis-Leslie, grief support services manager at Hospice of Michigan. “While grief is a personal experience that takes place over time, gradually the bereaved begin to feel a new sense of purpose and they will learn to live with the loss and once again enjoy this special time of year.”

HOM’s Hope for the Holidays program teaches that the holidays may be challenging, but there are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort, such as:

  • Planning Bereaved individuals who seem to have the most difficulty with the holidays are often those who have given little thought to the emotional challenges they will encounter.
  • Accepting your Family and social pressures, in combination with decision- making challenges, can be overwhelming. Choose a few issues to deal with and limit the number of decisions you need to make so they won’t overwhelm you.
  • Taking care of Exercise, eating a proper and balanced diet and getting the proper amount of rest is critical. Avoid the temptation of excessive alcohol.
  • Lowering Go easy on yourself and try not to over-extend in order to reduce overall stress.

Events will be held:

  • Wednesday, 22, in Grand Rapids at St. Paul the Apostle, 2750 Burton St., from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4, in Lowell at Gilda’s Club, 34 S. Hudson, from 6:15-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, 10, in Grand Rapids at Gilda’s Club, 1806 Bridge St. N.W., from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 13, at the HOM Muskegon office, 1930 E. Apple Ave. from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Hope for the Holidays program is open to all those dealing with grief, whether a loved one died recently or decades ago. Participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and listen as grief experts discuss holiday coping techniques such as planning ahead, accepting limitations, and finding someone who will listen.

To register or receive additional support, please contact Davis-Leslie at 616.356.5258.

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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community- based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Offers Variety of Grief Support Groups This Fall

Detroit, September 18, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will offer a variety of free support groups in Southeast Michigan this fall focused on dealing with grief.

Each of the groups will provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to express their feelings and better understand the grief process as they deal with the death of a friend or family member.

Support groups include:

  • Living On, this ongoing group is held on the first and third Thursday of the each month at HOM’s Detroit office, 400 Mack , from 1-2:30 p.m. and also on the second Tuesday of each month at Oakwood Hospital, 33155 Annapolis, in Wayne from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Caregivers Support, this ongoing group is held on the second Tuesday of each month at HOM’s Southfield office, 26957 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 140, from 1-2:30 m.
  • Grief Support, this ongoing group is held on the third Tuesday of each month at Eton Senior center, 4900 Pardee, in Dearborn Heights from 1-2:30 m.
  • Healing Hearts, Loss of Spouse, held on Wednesday, 1 at Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St., from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants will hear an encouraging story of love and survival from Ron Gries, author of Through Death to Life, as he shares his thoughts about the loss of his wife.
  • Journey Through Grief, this five week series offering insights and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief, will be held on Thursdays beginning 2 and ending Oct. 30 at HOM’s Detroit office, 400 Mack Ave., from 6-7:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required for all groups and events. To register, contact Jackie Morris at 313.578.6328.

Hospice of Michigan also offers workshops and group presentations to schools, churches, businesses and communities dealing with a loss, to help them understand the grieving process.

Visit hom.org or contact Morris for additional details.

 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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Hosts 24th Annual Puttin’ On The Ritz Fundraiser

Rogers City, Sept. 10, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will host its 24th annual Puttin’ On The Ritz fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Rogers City.

The event will take place at The Water’s Edge Restaurant at 530 N. Third St. at 5 p.m. The evening offers guests an opportunity to enjoy dinner and networking, as well as the opportunity to win prizes. Also, back by popular demand, Northern Michigan native Mike Ridley will entertain guests with a unique blend of comedy and music.

“Puttin’ On The Ritz is a community event that helps raise funds to support Hospice of Michigan’s mission to provide comfort and care to all those in need of its services, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay,” said Brenda Herman, philanthropy specialist at HOM. “Proceeds from the event stay in the local community to help provide care to the more than 75 patients Hospice of Michigan serves in northeast Michigan every day.”

Tickets priced at $30 can be purchased by contacting Herman at 989.358.4291 or visiting https://hom.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=100142.

Several levels of sponsorships beginning at $100 are also available. Current sponsors include American House Senior Living, Carmeuse Lime and Stone and Presque Isle Community Men’s Club. HOM is also seeking donations of prizes that will be raffled or auctioned off.

Now in its 24th year, the annual Puttin’ On The Ritz fundraiser has grown significantly. It was first started by a small group of women in the community who wanted to raise a few thousand dollars for the local hospice organization. The event has grown into a community wide event, raising more than $14,000 in 2013 for HOM patients in northeast Michigan.

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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day in 56 counties across Michigan, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Holds Time of Remembrance Memorial Service

Cadillac, Michigan, Sept. 4, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will hold a Time of Remembrance memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 9 to allow those who have lost a loved one a time to reflect and to remember.

The one-hour program will feature music, readings, poems and an opportunity to share special memories of loved ones in a warm, caring environment. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Time of Remembrance will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Green Acres of Cadillac located at 235 Pearl St. The memorial service is free and open to the community.

For more information or to register, call Tangela Zielinski at 231.796.7371.

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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day in 56 counties across Michigan, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Hosts Sheds & Chandeliers

Reimagined Crystal Rose Celebration Honors HOM Community Partners 

Detroit, August 20, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will host Sheds & Chandeliers, the 29th Annual Crystal Rose Celebration, on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the historic Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit.

The event, which has transitioned from the traditional black-tie dinner to a more casual, but elegant evening, honors community partners:

  • Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit
  • Hiller’s Market
  • Kids Kicking Cancer

“Sheds & Chandeliers gives us the opportunity to thank and recognize those who have made a difference in our organization,” said Robert Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan. “We are very excited about this year’s theme, which comes from the industrial atmosphere of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

“We’ve designed the event with the past, present and future in mind. We want to celebrate Detroit’s rich history of innovation, its resilience and its rebirth, all while inviting the support of longtime Hospice of Michigan donors and fostering new connections that will help secure the future.”

The strolling dinner event will take place at the Ford Plant located at 461 Piquette Ave. at 6:30p.m. The evening will offer guests the opportunity to explore the history of the Model T’s birthplace, walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of pioneering autoworkers and view the cars that made Detroit famous. The evening also includes an open bar, complimentary valet parking and entertainment by Ben Sharkey, Detroit’s own jazz crooner.

A Crystal Rose Award will be presented to each honoree. The image of the rose honors HOM’s roots as a volunteer-based organization and an early practice of placing a single long-stemmed red rose on the bed of a patient after death in memory of their life.

Proceeds from the dinner will support HOM’s ongoing nonprofit mission to provide comfort and care to all those in need of its services, regardless of diagnosis, age or ability to pay. Tickets priced at $100, or sponsorships beginning at $1,000, can be purchased by contacting Lora Cabarios at 313.578.6265 or lcabario@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 non-profit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day in 56 counties across Michigan, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Journey Through Grief Support Group

Gaylord, Michigan, August 13, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will host a series of Journey Through Grief support group meetings for six consecutive Mondays starting Sept. 15.

The Journey Through Grief program is a series of weekly sessions offering insights and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief. Practical handouts including information about what to expect when grieving and specific strategies for coping more effectively are provided at each session.

The sessions will be held on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 20. Sessions will take place at HOM’s Gaylord office, 830 S. Otsego Ave. This program is free and open to any adult member of the community mourning a loss. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Briana Thorold at 989.705.2603 or bthorold@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 non-profit cares for more than 1,400 patients each day in 56 counties across Michigan, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Grief Support Program in Muskegon

Muskegon, Michigan, August 11, 2014 – Hospice of Michigan will host a handling grief and loss support program on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The program, which will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at HOM’s Muskegon office, 1930 East Apple Ave., offers participants the opportunity to express feelings and share experiences related to the loss of a loved one in a supportive, caring and non-judgmental environment. The program will provide information on the basic needs of mourning and allow for discussions on personal experiences with grief.

The program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is requested.

For more information or to register, please contact Desiree Davis, at 231.733.5394 x8382.

 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 non-profit cares for more than 1,400 patients each day in 56 counties across Michigan, raising more than $4 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 At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.