The “Heart” of Emmanuel Hospice

Our volunteers are the essence of the hospice philosophy of care that centers on bringing comfort, dignity and tranquility to the dying and their loved ones. As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, we would like to recognize three of our many “big hearts.” Read below as they share their journey as an Emmanuel Hospice volunteer.   […]

The Gift of Grace – Discuss. Decide. Document.

Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day with ‘Conversation Nights’ Innovative game will be used to prompt ‘the stuff you have been meaning to talk about’ If you become sick or hurt, do your loved ones know what kind of care you want? Emmanuel Hospice, in collaboration with Making Choices Michigan, is helping community members start an […]

Common Myths of Hospice Care

By Ryan Goodwin – Director of Community Outreach As a faith-based, non-profit hospice ministry, Emmanuel Hospice is committed to community education, outreach, and service. Last year, we provided 52 educational seminars and met a countless number of amazing people in West Michigan. However, during these workshops, we heard many misconceptions regarding hospice care. So in […]

Our Unified Pursuit of Truth Through Hospice

By Racquel Ladd-Office Administrator Death and loss are truths that I have wrestled with. Such as you would imagine two rams locking horns slipping on the crumbled rocks along a mountainside. The loss of my mother came unexpectedly to my nine year old mind and had left me battered, confused, and riddled with questions I […]

If It’s Not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Let Us Help…

The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness. Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an […]

Emmanuel Hospice Provides Five Wishes in Celebration of National Hospice Month

In recognition of how difficult it is for people to think about and discuss health care decisions, Emmanuel Hospice is distributing free copies of the nation’s most popular advance care planning resource, Five Wishes. Five Wishes allows individuals and families to make important decisions in terms that are meaningful and understandable to them and helps […]

Every ‘Thelma’ Could Change Your Life

By Brenda Jaszczyszyn, RN, CHPN-Clinical Leader On a Thursday afternoon with a previous employer, I had a full day of visits planned while covering for another nurse who had the day off. In the life of a hospice nurse, it is very common to make emergency visits to a patient’s house in between scheduled case […]

Change is Grief and Grief is Change

By Heather O’Brien-Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services Change and loss are a given in the great journey of life, but we often save grief for the “big” losses like deaths of loved ones. There are many other losses we all experience every year in daily life. They may include moving, a child growing up, […]

‘You Only Die Once, Die the Way You Want’-ABC News

By MAGGY PATRICK “Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant and talking about death won’t kill you,” says Alexandra Drane, the founder of Engage With Grace. She’s on a mission to encourage families to have “The Conversation” about end-of-life wishes. She is part of a growing movement — and for her it’s personal. When Alexandra […]

He Knows, He Loves, He Cares

By Sara Lowe I was recently asked by the Senior Pastor at my congregation-Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, to provide the message for a Sunday while he was on sabbatical for the summer. There was a part of me that did not feel qualified to do what was being asked of me. I […]