Memorial Healthcare Hospice will be holding its annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Led by the staff of Memorial Hospice, the Service of Remembrance celebrates the lives of the patients who passed while under the care of Memorial Hospice from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016. A total of 194 individuals will be remembered this year. The Service of Remembrance will be held at D‘Mar Banquet Center located at 1488 N. M-52, in Owosso.

The event provides an opportunity for caregivers, hospice staff, and hospice families to reconnect and provide mutual support. The families of each person being remembered have been invited by personal letter to attend the service and bring a picture of the loved one they lost. Physicians, administrators and staff from local care facilities, including Memorial Healthcare Long Term Care, Pleasant View (SCMCF), The Meadows, Chesaning Nursing Center, Oliver Woods, Shiawassee Hospice House and others, have also been invited. The service will include special music by Cheryl Gapinski (hand bells), Mary Johns (keyboard), Cloe Tucker (soloist), and a message by Hospice Chaplain Rev. Ray Strawser.

This time of remembrance coincides with the beginning of National Hospice Month. Memorial Healthcare Hospice has been providing hospice care in Shiawassee County and surrounding areas for 30 years. Rev. Norbert Smith began advocating for hospice in Shiawassee County in 1979. Under his dedicated leadership, a group of volunteers established hospice care in 1981. Memorial Hospital embraced the program in 1986, received Medicare certification, and began managing and staffing the service later that same year.

Today, hospice is widely accepted and well established in most countries. Hospice services are available to persons who can no longer benefit from curative treatments and have a life expectancy of six months or less. Patients and their families receive comfort care, social work support and spiritual care (if desired) through the final season of life. Hospice care is not limited to specific time periods. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans provide for hospice services, which usually include coverage for medications, medical equipment, and the compassionate services of trained hospice staff.

Considered to be the model of quality, compassionate care at the end of life, Memorial Healthcare Hospice provides a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management along with emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s wishes. Healthcare professionals who specialize in hospice and palliative care, work closely with hospice staff, chaplain, trained and screened volunteers and family caregivers to address all the symptoms, complications, and needs of the patients we are privileged to care for. Memorial Healthcare hospice is committed to providing the very best end-of-life care and enhancing the quality of life for terminally ill people and their loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient’s home or in a local care facility. Memorial Healthcare Hospice also has space within the Memorial Healthcare main campus dedicated to Hospice care in our long-term care unit and is supportive of The Hospice House of Shiawassee County (although not affiliated).

For more information about Memorial Healthcare Hospice you may contact our staff at (989) 725-2299, or visit the Hospice webpage at www.MemorialHealthcare.org. Information about hospice in general can be found at The Michigan Home Health and Hospice Association website, www.mhha.org.

Annual Remembrance Service for Memorial Healthcare Hospice Patients was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Karen Elford