Changes at Hospice of Northwest Michigan: Letter from the Executive Director

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Dear Friends and Champions of Hospice of Northwest Michigan,

As you may have heard, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has made the difficult decision to close their Home Health and Hospice Division, effective September 30, 2019. This news will have significant impact on Hospice of Northwest Michigan operations, but it does not necessarily mean the end of our homegrown hospice non-profit agency. To some extent, that is up to you.

A bit of history, the agency began as a groundswell movement by a dedicated group of Charlevoix County residents in July, 1981. The intent being to provide support to families and caregivers who were caring for a dying loved one in their home. The original name of the agency was Charlevoix County Hospice.

In those early years, actually lasting about a decade, there wasn’t a funding source available for hospice services in the United States outside of donations received and fundraising efforts put forth by staff and volunteers. In the mid-1990’s, that scenario changed.

2018 Lights of Love – Boyne City

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The Boyne Eta Nu Charities annual “Lights of Love” tree lighting remembrance ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. on the Dilworth Hotel porch in Boyne City. This special event offers an opportunity to honor and remember loved ones during the holiday season and at the same time, it raises money for […]

Regrets of the Dying…

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  Are you constantly scheduled and busy? Working, cleaning, paying bills and all the other day to day living that you do just to survive? Could you be missing out on the life you were planning on living or that you were meant to be living? Take a moment and think about how important that […]

Hospice is more important today than yesterday!

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In the past, death occurred at home after a traumatic event or short illness. Care for the dying person was almost always provided by friends and family members only in the home. End of life experiences were usually painful and no advance care planning was in place or even understood. As medical technologies developed to […]

A Delicious Way to Make A Difference!

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Hospice of Northwest Michigan and the Bay Harbor Foundation cordially invite you to join them for a “Charitably Chic” Affair: Celebrating Life Hospice~Tality Chefs Auction and Cocktail Party taking place on Thursday, July 6 at 4pm at the Lange Center at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. A complimentary Champagne Toast to Life will kick of […]

Getting Grief Right

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Loss is inevitable. In a death denying society like ours, individuals need information about grief and grieving. When someone finds themselves confronted with the death of a loved one, or another type of loss, they struggle to come to terms with grief. Grief is one of our most challenging experiences, and we often need help […]

What is Hospice?

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A brief video introduction to Hospice and the nonprofit Hospice of Northwest Michigan. What is Hospice

A More Humane Way to Die

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Dying is one of the few events in life certain to occur–and yet one we are not likely to plan for. We will spend more time getting ready for two weeks away from work than we will for our last two weeks on earth. We cannot defeat death, although we often seem bound to resist […]

Free Screening of “Being Mortal”

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Hospice of Northwest Michigan is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, May 4, 2017 beginning at 6p at the Charlevoix American House located at 615 Petoskey Avenue, Charlevoix, MI. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and […]

Handing the Holidays

Peace of Mind Planning

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What did you want to be when you grew up? Maybe you envisioned yourself as a doctor saving lives, a builder of buildings, a singer, a model, a writer or a designer. Whatever your dream, at some point you had to scale it to fit your own reality. For most of us, that meant making […]