It’s Never too Late to Thank a Veteran, Even at the End of Life

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout…

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Honoring our Veterans at Adult Day Services

We have a special program planned to honor our Veterans November 11, 2019, at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre. Starting at 11 a.m. our guests are invited to take part in a Patriotic Sing-a-Long, followed by a pinning ceremony with Western Michigan University ROTC Cadets. Everyone is welcome! RSPV’s are not required but appreciated.…

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November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month

“Bereaved children are often referred to as the “forgotten mourners”. Many bereaved children feel isolated in their grief, unaware that they are not alone. November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month and is an opportunity to tell children they are not forgotten and that there is support, hope and healing to be found.” This quote from…

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NAG’S Half Day Webcast on Traumatic Death

November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Grieving Children, will host the half-day webcast: Ethical Considerations for Grief Support after a Traumatic Death Death, dying, and bereavement are unfortunate themes that appear almost daily in news headlines. Rarely is there any discussion on…

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Point1K Fun Run & Duck Derby Raffle

Join us for Michigan’s shortest race – the Point1K! Coming in at 369 feet this course will challenge you in ways you never knew! Every step of this course takes you closer to the finish line, the tangible ending of the race. Our agency walks those final steps of life with our clients and families.…

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Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan Community Partners Liaisons Attend End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium.

Megan Frugone RN-Community Partners Liaison and Vanessa Kraenzlin, RN-Admissions Manager at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan completed training programs held in San Antonio, Texas and presented by End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). ELNEC is a national education initiative to improve palliative care. Megan Frugone attended the national ELNEC-Core “Train the Trainer” course. The American Association…

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Grieving Parents Workshop Offered to the Community

A Grieving Parents Workshop is being offered to the community. This free six-week supportive workshop is open to parents who have experienced the death of a child due to any cause, at any age beyond infancy. This group will focus on coping with grief and beginning or continuing the process of healing. The workshop meets…

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Grief Support Glitter Bottle Activity

From Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan Grief Counselor Cate Jarvis “Glitter bottles are not a new idea. They are very popular on Pinterest as a toy or a time-out tool. But I want to share a few ideas for ways to use it for centering, and identifying feelings with grieving kids and teens.”  Supplies Clear…

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Hospice care is at its best when it comes at the right time.

After decades of caring for people during the last weeks or months of their lives, hospice is still seen by many as the referral of ‘last resort’. Frequently, we get a call only when death is expected within hours or days. Why does this happen? Physicians may be unsure of when a hospice referral might…

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Congratulations to M. Raphelson, MD

Congratulations to M. Raphelson, MD, Medical Director at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, for your advancement to the status of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). From the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “One of the highest honors the Academy can bestow on a physician is recognition as…

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