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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

The Challenge of Making a Decision

by Ryan Goodwin Every day, we are blessed to hear stories from families all over West Michigan. Stories about the life of a loved one who is on their final journey; stories about a past which was full of life, love, and happiness; stories of plans for a future, enriched with faith, hope, and prosperity; […]

Grieving the Death of a Spouse

After a spouse passes-on, the world can never be the same. One enters a state of grief, moving from feelings of shock, fear, and numbness, possibly into a state of guilt for being the one to survive. It’s not uncommon to feel anger towards your partner for abandoning you. There is no clear roadmap for […]

CHAP Accredited; We are Ready to Serve!

Emmanuel Hospice recently received CHAP accreditation recognizing us as an industry leader in quality, performance, and excellence. CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) provides a non-biased third-party review to ensure a provider is not only compliant with current state and federal regulations and industry standards of practice, but demonstrates higher levels of performance, positioning it for growth […]