8 Tips to Manage Your Grief Through the Holidays

It can take something as simple as a word or a song to bring back memories – and tears – for Joe Borgman. When his beloved wife, Jeanie, died last August after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he was bereft. “She was my life,” he says simply, “and I lost that.” After 46 years of […]

Calling All Advocates!

On July 11-12, Emmanuel Hospice staff members – Heather O’Brien and Shasta May joined hundreds of hospice advocates in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 HAN Advocacy Intensive. Heather and Shasta gathered with representatives from hospice agencies around the country to learn about policies affecting end-of-life care and share stories with our elected officials. Heather and […]

“Every Life Has Meaning”

At Emmanuel Hospice, compassion is our calling, so we’ve grown to understand the end of life is a time of reflection. We recently launched a program designed to capture patient stories, memories, and words of wisdom as they near the end of life and reflect on the past. Hospice volunteer Karin Orr uses the resources […]

The 10 Best Tips for Interfaith Dialogue

As a faith-based hospice, It’s as natural for us to pray with our patients as it is to care for their physical needs. Our hospice ministry is called to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to anyone diagnosed with an advanced illness. We know the importance of understanding diverse relationships. We know the beauty of difference through scripture and our experiences. Therefore, we strive […]

Emmanuel Hospice Grief Support Events

We understand that Grief is a multifaceted response to losing a loved one. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, Grief also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, spiritual, and philosophical dimensions. We also understand the journey through grief was never meant to be traveled alone. In collaboration with Gilda’s Club and Sunset Manor […]

Fast Facts About the Season of Lent

Have you ever asked yourself the question: “What is Lent?” If so, here are some fast facts about this season: Lent is spiritual preparation for the celebration of Easter. Both catechumens (those preparing for Baptism) and the faithful prepare for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery at Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday continuing until […]

Support our Patients, Families, and Caregivers

#GivingTuesday is on Dec.1, 2015 What is #GivingTuesday? Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, […]

Preparing for Your Final Chapters…Before the Pages Turn.

In everyone’s life story, comes the need for planning before it becomes a necessity of deciding. Webster’s Dictionary defines a decision as: ‘a determination arrived at after consideration’.  This implicit definition assumes everyone has that time to think about a decision, however, this is not always the case.  Our life stories are packed with incredible positivity and […]

Hospice Music Therapy

By Miranda Eden, MT-BC As a Music Therapist relatively new to hospice care, I am truly enjoying the unique experiences I have on a daily basis. Music can comfort us, it can motivate us, assist with pain management, and open the door to reflection or communication. Music can impact many stages of life, e.g. the music […]

Emmanuel Hospice Helps Hosts Powerful Interfaith Memorial Event

Emmanuel Hospice, along with three other hospice providers and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute of Grand Valley State University will hold a special communitywide, interfaith memorial event on Thursday, Sept. 10 in Grand Rapids. The memorial event titled “We Remember” is designed to allow those who have lost a loved one to come together, share memories […]