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

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