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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emmanuel Hospice Fights for “Moments of Life” Public Service Announcement

We know their stories as we care for the families of West Michigan. We know the benefits of Hospice Care as we read study after study, week after week. But our challenge is reaching out to the nearly 1.4 million people in the greater Grand Rapids area to raise awareness on the Hospice philosophy of […]