Palliative vs. hospice care

Palliative care and hospice care might seem to be the same thing. But to those who deliver health care under either umbrella, there’s a difference. “All hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice care,” said Brenda Jaszczyszyn, director of Education and Quality at Emmanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids. “And there […]

Hospice Care an Advocate to More Dementia Patients

If predictions hold, the number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will rise from about 5.7 million this year to a startling 14 million by 2050. That sobering statistic heralds a dramatic showdown on the horizon. And if enough health-care professionals join in over the next three decades of reckoning, it’s likely hospice […]

Patient wish to go fishing fulfilled

We were out at 8th Avenue Park today with our patient William Rude, his daughter Erica Curry VanEe, along with a few Brookcrest residents, fulfilling his bucket list wish to go fishing again. Thank you to all the Sunset Retirement Communities & Services recreational therapists and to Katy, our volunteer, who helped make this patient […]

Making End-of-Life Choices that Matter to You

It’s not uncommon for many of us to spend untold hours planning everything from graduation parties to weddings to vacations. But fewer than one-third of American adults have a plan in place that addresses how they want to live out their last days and informs their final arrangements. This absence in planning forces loved ones […]

Beyond Flowers: Employers Must Take Extra Care Dealing with Grief in the Workplace

“When you think about it,” says Heather O’Brien, “most of our waking hours are spent at our workplace, where we’re surrounded by people who get a lion’s share of our time.” And yet, says the Director of Psychosocial Services at Emmanuel Hospice, some of us can feel uncomfortable about approaching a co-worker who has experienced […]

Winding path brings Lowe to Emmanuel Hospice

Remarkably, Sara Lowe vowed after graduating from college that she would never immerse herself into a job serving senior adults. “Anything but working with old people,” she says with a smile, recounting her past – and then comparing it to her unlikely present – as executive director of Emmanuel Hospice. “You know that saying where […]

How Social Media Impacts Grief

It’s natural that we want to share both triumphs and tragedies with our family and friends – and that includes posting online. However, it may be prudent to take a breath before deciding when and where it is appropriate to share grief and loss. “People have the best intentions and mean well when they share […]

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 […]