Navigating Grief During the Holidays
The holidays can take on a different meaning when you’ve lost a loved one. Our Director of Bereavement and Volunteer Services, Heather O’Brien, was recently interviewed by the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin o talk about strategies for navigating grief during this season. Click below to listen:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (December)
We were joined by Joyce Gifford, a Clark Retirement resident, for our Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. Joyce shared her holiday memories, and the joys and challenges of raising 6 children. Click below to hear her story:
Coping with Grief at the Holidays
The holiday season, wrapped in ribbons and bows, feels altogether different to someone trying to cope with grief tied to the loss of a loved one. Heather O’Brien recently shared strategies for coping with grief at the holidays, including setting boundaries and honoring loved ones who have passed. Click below to read more:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (November)
This month’s Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin featured Gretchen Weaver, a retired music teacher. Gretchen explained why she’s failing retirement, and shared some memories of growing up in West Michigan in the 40s. Click below to hear her story:
Striking a Chord
Music Therapist Miranda Eden weaves together culture, religion, and life experiences to help the families of Emmanuel Hospice compile the soundtrack of their lives. As a certified music therapist, Miranda uses her skill and experience to improve the quality of life for patients and help their families cope with loss. Click on the link below to read more:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (October)
We were joined by a legend in the studio for our October Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. At age 77, Karel Wolters is still performing incredible tricks on waterskis with the Grand City Show Skiers, and he’s not stopping anytime soon! Click on the link below to hear the whole interview:
Expanding Our Services
On the heels of our office expansion, we will be expanding our grief support programming, music therapy services, and community education services in the coming year. Emmanuel Hospice Executive Director recently sat down with the Grand Rapids Business Journal to share our plans to provide quality care to a growing number of patients and families in our community. Click on the link below to read more:
A Program for the Living
Did you know that a program exists to help people live their best life until the very end? Nicole Sharpe, our Director of Community Outreach, shared the benefits and features of hospice care in a recent MLive article. Having open, honest, and early conversations can ease the burdens at the end of life, and make it easier on the whole family. Click the link below to read more:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (September)
We were joined by Dr. Dan Gowdy and Melissa Schmidt from Sunset Retirement Communities for September’s Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. Sunset is hosting a Centenarian Celebration, where they will be celebrating their residents who are over 100 years old. They recently gathered wisdom and advice from these seniors, which they shared on the program. Listen below to hear more:
One Good Thing – Cardmaking Group
The Emmanuel Hospice cardmaking group was recently featured on WZZM’s One Good Thing segment. This group of women give their time, energy, and resources to recycle beautiful cards for our patients and families. Their thoughtfulness and creativity is the kind of story we need more often in the news!
Knowing When to Call Hospice
There is sometimes a stigma associated with calling hospice, because patients and families don’t understand the extent to which hospice care can help. In a recent MLive article, Emmanuel Hospice Admissions Coordinator and Hospital Liaison Jennifer Radaz shares the benefits of hospice, and discusses when it’s the right time to call. Click on the link below to read more about hospice care:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (August)
Karin Schmidt joined us in the studio for August’s Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. Karin shared stories from her many years of working with horses, and what brought her to the United States and eventually led her to start her own horse barn. Listen below to hear more about how Karin loves building bridges and helping others in every part of her life:
Supporting the Family at the End of Life
Emmanuel Hospice Social Worker Jenny Kellogg recently shared why it can be so difficult for family and friends to have a conversation about end-of-life issues with someone who is dying. She also offers four practical ways we can offer support to a loved one. Click on the link below to learn more about being supportive during challenging times:
New Volunteer Coordinator
Emmanuel Hospice is proud to welcome our new Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie Chandler. Jackie brings over 8 years of program development and volunteer experience to our team, most recently at Porter Hills Village. We’ve also recently added a new Administrative Assistant, Jacqueline Malinoski, and a new RN Case Manager, Kristy Cusack, to our team. Read more about these exciting additions below:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (July)
On July’s Telling Your Story segment, Shelley Irwin interviewed Edith “Betty” Piepenbrink, a beautiful and spunky 96 year old. Listen below as she shares memories from growing up in the 1920s, playing a lifetime of golf, and what it was like to be back on the golf course at the LPGA earlier this summer:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (June)
WMU grad students Colette Chapp and Corey Youngs joined our June Telling Your Story segment on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. They are part of an immersion program at Clark on Keller Lake, where young grad students live alongside seniors in the retirement community. Listen below as they share stories and lessons they’ve learned while bridging the generational gap:
LPGA Wish Fulfilled
At Emmanuel Hospice, we are passionate about creating experiences that help our patients live life to the fullest with the time they have remaining. Thanks to the generosity of Meijer, Emmanuel Hospice patient Edith “Betty” Piepenbrink will be able to fulfill her wish of getting to the fairways one more time. Click on the link below to read more about Betty’s VIP experience at the Meijer LPGA Classic:
We have recently completed an expansion of our office to accommodate eight new team members who have joined our organization in the past 6 months! We’re excited that this new space provides the base and resources for staff to continue to provide quality care for patients. Click on the link below to read more about how we’ve grown:
Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice
On the first Wednesday of every month, a group of volunteers gather to make handmade cards for our patients and their families. Other volunteers meet with patients to capture memories, stories, and life lessons to share with their family and friends. These are just a few examples of how our volunteers are truly the heart of hospice. Click on the link below to learn more about how to join our amazing team of volunteers:
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (April)
This month’s Telling Your Story guest on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin was Sheila Bartle, a former English teacher who has spent retirement helping others share their life experiences. Listen below as Sheila describes the power of telling stories and finding meaning in our lives:
National Healthcare Decisions Day – Time for a Serious Talk
National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16) might just be the perfect time to have a conversation about how you want to live. Bob Eleveld’s end-of-life experience illustrated the power of truly living, and dying, in your own way. We were honored to walk alongside Bob and his family as they showed why these conversations are so important. Click the link below to read more about Bob’s journey:
The Important Role a Social Worker Plays at Emmanuel Hospice
Recently, some of our staff shared their experiences as hospice social workers. Emmanuel Hospice social workers help navigate difficult end-of-life conversations, educate families on the dying process, and help our patients experience joy at the end of their lives. Click on the link below to learn more about the importance of our social workers:
Emmanuel Hospice is in need of volunteers. For more information, please click on the link below.
A Patient’s Wish
Emmanuel Hospice patient, Phyllis Ryerson, asked if she could see and pet a horse one last time. We said yes, and made it happen for her. With the help of Deb VanderBand, Executive Director of Equine Assisted Development of the Great Lakes, Phyllis was able to spend an afternoon with her son, petting and feeding horses. Clink the link for the full article.
WGVU Morning Show – Telling Your Story (February)
Emmanuel Hospice volunteer Marilyn Stephens appeared on the WGVU Morning Show for a special Telling Your Story segment to read portions of a love letter that her Father wrote to her Mother in the 1930s and memories from their real-life romance. Listen below for Marilyn’s touching story:
As seen in the Grand Rapids Press and online at MLive.com
Emmanuel Hospice’s Director of Bereavement Services, Heather O’Brien, explains the basics on the best way to cope with death and the loss of a loved one.
As seen in the Grand Rapids Press and online at MLive.com
Lee Ausema, Emmanuel Hospice chaplain, explains his role in end of life care and tending to the spiritual needs of our patients.
GRTV’s Non-Profit Showcase
Our Executive Director provides answers the most commonly asked hospice questions in this GRTV interview.
GRTV’s Non-Profit Public Service Announcement
Click below to learn how Compassion is our Calling
WZZM 13 – Senior Wellness
Here we discuss how to live well with a serious illness, and answer questions about palliative care.
This 60-second educational spot aired on WOOD Radio in the Spring of 2015. It describes our philosophy of hospice care – “How do you want to LIVE?”
WZZM 13 News
- In the Winter of 2016, our Director of Community Outreach – Ryan Goodwin discussed how we can celebrate life through positive preparation.
Click here to learn the five steps everyone should take to have “The Talk.”
- In Spring 2015, our Director of Community Outreach – Ryan Goodwin was featured on WZZM news to explain our passion for Advance Care Planning.
Faith Magazine – “A mother’s life-lessons reach beyond the grave.”
Emmanuel Hospice was honored to care for Judy and her family. Read this inspiring story of Judy’s legacy as told by her daughter.
MLive Article Explains Our Commitment to Those Grieving in West Michigan
Emmanuel Hospice, in collaboration with three other hospice care providers and GVSU, created We Remember – an interfaith memorial event in September 2015. Read more about this powerful event here.
Religion 101 – WGVU Radio
In August 2015, our Executive Director – Sara Lowe was invited to describe our passion behind the “We Remember” event. Click here to listen to this interview.
WZZM 13 News
In Fall 2015, our Executive Director – Sara Lowe and Music Therapist – Miranda Eden were featured on WZZM news to highlight National Hospice Month, and describe many benefits of our music therapy program.