Hospice of Michigan to Honor Veterans with Series of November Ceremonies
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with a special series of pinning ceremonies in West Michigan on and surrounding Veterans' Day in November.
The nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care will join forces with West Michigan legislators, long-term care facilities and military organizations to honor area veterans. The ceremonies are open to the public, and media are welcome to attend.
Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. The pinning ceremonies may also include a special "Missing Man" ceremony honoring MIA/POW servicemen, candle-lighting ceremony honoring the sacrifice of family members of veterans, a rifle volley or a performance of "Taps."
"As we reflect as a nation on the sacrifices these veterans and their families made, it's important to recognize that many veterans live next door, right in our own communities," said Dr. Michael Paletta, HOM vice president of medical affairs. "We at Hospice of Michigan are proud to partner with the national organizations We Honor Veterans and NHPCO to bring their wonderful work to these smaller, more intimate gatherings. It's important for the veterans to know they're appreciated and remembered, and a good reminder for families and caregivers about how special these people are."
Services will be held as follows:
• Nov. 9, 2:15 p.m. - Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffery St. NE Cedar Springs
• Nov. 16, 2 p.m. - Green Acres of Greenville, 1601 Winter Creek Dr., Greenville
• Nov. 11, 2 p.m. (Veterans' Day) - Pilgrim Manor, 2000 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids
• Nov. 12, 2 p.m. - Maple Creek at the Terraces, 2000 32nd St. SE Grand Rapids
• Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m. - Metron of Forest Hills, 1095 Medical Park Dr., Grand Rapids
Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.
Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services. Hospice of Michigan, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the state, is in the process of training its care teams in 56 counties across Michigan. Paletta, who is also a retired Colonel and flight surgeon, serves as the executive champion of We Honor Vets for Hospice of Michigan.
Hospice of Michigan Hosts Coping With the Holidays Program
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Hospice of Michigan will present a series of Coping with the Holidays events, a free community-outreach program that provides the bereaved with tips to deal with grief during a time when most are happy and expressing joy.
"Holidays may be difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, especially during the first year or two after the death," said Desiree Davis-Leslie, grief support services manager at Hospice of Michigan. "Through Hospice of Michigan's Coping with the Holidays program, we discuss that the holidays don't have to be miserable. There are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort."
The programs will provide coping tips for those grieving, such as:
• Plan ahead. Bereaved individuals who seem to have the most difficulty with the holidays are often those who have given little thought to the emotional challenges they will encounter.
• Accept your limitations. Family and social pressures, in combination with decision-making challenges, can be overwhelming. Choose a few issues to deal with and limit the number of decisions you need to make so they won't overwhelm you.
• Take care of yourself. Exercise, eating a proper and balanced diet, and getting the proper amount of rest is critical. Avoid the temptation of excessive alcohol.
• Lower expectations. Go easy on yourself and try not to over-extend in order to reduce overall stress.
• Confide in a friend or family member. Find someone who will be a good sounding board. You want a great listener, not necessarily someone who will try and "fix" your problems.
Events will be held:
• Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:15-7:30 p.m. at Gilda's Club at 314 S. Hudson Street in Lowell
• Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3-4:30 p.m. at Gilda's Club at 1806 Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids
The Coping with the Holidays program is open to all those dealing with grief, whether a loved one died recently or decades ago. Participants are invited to join this supportive program, share their experiences and concerns, and develop strategies for handling this emotionally laden season. Refreshments will also be available.
To register or receive additional support, please contact Davis-Leslie or Dan Krajewski at 616.356.5258.
About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original - and largest - hospice in the state of Michigan. The non-profit organization cares for more than 1,200 patients each day in 56 counties, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers innovative programs to enhance the quality of care for people at the end of life, education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals, caregiver education materials, cultural diversity programs for end-of-life care, and research and education programs at the Maggie Allesee Center for Quality of Life. For more information, call Hospice of Michigan's CARE Center 24/7 at 888.247.5701 or go to www.hom.org
Courtesy: Hospice of Michigan