Caring for the Dying & Bereaved

Care for the Dying & Bereaved Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest who taught theology at several prestigious institutions including Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard.  Following his mother’s death in 1978, he became increasingly dissatisfied in his academic career and in 1985 he resigned.  He joined a community that welcomed and ministered to […]

Won’t You Please Take Me Home?

Won’t You Please Take Me Home? As I made my way through the kitchen at our Wings Home, an end of life home that provides compassionate comfort for a patient’s final days, a volunteer whispered, “Richard Roundhouse is having a really tough time today. You might want to see him.” As I raised my hand […]

Advance Directives-We Can Help

Advance directives are a way of communicating who you want to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to make them yourself.  This is a legal document in Michigan.  Making Choices Michigan is a great resource for a simple advance directive form.  Check out their website at www.makingchoicesmichigan.org and click […]

Love On A King Size Bed

A family gathers The yard was packed with cars as I pulled into the driveway. A few grand-kids were gathered in a circle out in the yard having a smoke, perhaps relieving the stress of the moment. A loved one lay dying inside. When a family experiences this kind of grief, they come up against […]

Fundraising IS a Profession!

Professional Fundraising A friend of mine has been a professional fundraiser for over 30 years. She has worked for many nonprofits raising millions of dollars. When she got her first fundraising job, her father said to her “They PAY you to do this?!!” Yes, they paid her. It is a profession. There are university degrees […]

The Final Voice

Introduction As the generation of people who are faced with decisions for our parents, we are so very many times their final voice.  We are a society that plans for almost all changes in life. We plan for graduation, our wedding, the birth of a baby, college and retirement yet most of us avoid planning […]

Hospice Volunteer – Bereavement

I have been a hospice volunteer in bereavement for Wings of Hope Hospice for 16 years. This ‘job’ came about as a way for me to give back after I had been helped through a rough patch myself. Open Door Grief Support Policy I am very proud to be associated with Wings and am proudest […]