Hospice of Michigan Receives $50,000 Grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to Support Music Therapy

Grant to benefit hospice patients across southeast Michigan through the Lillian E. Delmar Music Therapy Program

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 16, 2023) – Hospice of Michigan recently received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to help provide music therapy services to patients and families across the community through the Lillian E. Delmar Music Therapy Program. The grant will help serve adult and pediatric hospice patients who reside in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Through its Integrative Therapies Program, the not-for-profit offers music therapy to provide patients with comfort and peace at the end of life. Music therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, pain, and feelings of loneliness and depression in patients. Not only does music therapy address the needs of the patient but can also improve the quality of life for the entire family.

Through music-based interventions, Hospice of Michigan music therapist’s tap into the music that is a part of a patient’s unique story. Last year, Hospice of Michigan served 1,066 adult hospice patients and 17 pediatric hospice patients in Oakland and Wayne County.

“This gift from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will help us continue to ensure our patients and their families experience comfort and peace during one of life’s most sacred times,” said Roxanne Kiesling, philanthropy manager at Hospice of Michigan. “Hospice of Michigan’s Music Therapy Program offers more than just a soothing tune – it brings the beauty of the human experience to our patients through music. If it weren’t for the generosity of donors, we could not hold these visits to provide comfort and ease pain.”

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.4 billion through more than 85,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

For more information about Hospice of Michigan’s music therapy services, visit 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 more than 6,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888-247-5701 or visit www.hom.org.