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Volunteer Spotlight – Emily Heavener

March 17, 2023

Meet Emily Heavener Wings: Tell us a little about yourself. Emily: My name is Emily Heavener. I am 38 years old. I live in Hamilton with my husband of 15 years, Mike, and our 2 kids. Gerrit is 8 years old and Madison is 4 years old. I enjoy being active and playing sports. I …

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Thinking Through Plans for Mrs. Smith’s Exit

January 20, 2023

Thinking through Plans for Mrs. Smith’s Exit Mrs. Smith’s daughter Elizabeth recently called Wings of Hope for the first time, not knowing if she really wanted to make the call. Her mother had been suffering from chronic disease. Elizabeth knew she needed help in keeping her mother at home. At Wings of Hope, we know …

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Volunteer Spotlight – Amy Manning

January 6, 2023

Meet Amy Manning Wings: Tell us a little about yourself. Amy: I’m 45 years old and the mother of 2 amazing daughters aged 13 and 18. I’ve been married to my amazing and supportive husband for 20 years. I grew up in a small town in southwest Ohio…Michigan fans I am an OSU fan! I …

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Volunteer Spotlight – Sylvia Flahaut

November 9, 2022

Meet Sylvia Flahaut Wings: Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Illinois and have lived in Allegan County since age 5. I graduated from Allegan High School and stayed in the area. I was married at 19 and raised two children with my husband, Wally. We used the services of the Wings …

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Volunteer Spotlight – Rodney Hill

September 8, 2022

Meet Rodney Hill Wings: Tell us a little about yourself. Rodney: I grew up on a farm Minnesota and have lived in the Allegan area for the last 21 years. Before that we lived in Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit. I have a BA degree in English Literature from Augsburg University, a MDiv in theology …

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Volunteer Spotlight – Tom Schipper

July 6, 2022

Meet Tom Schipper Wings: Tell us a little about yourself. Tom: I am 64 years old, married to my wife of 45 years. I am now retired and have been retired since March of 2020. I live on a small farm that I was born and raised on. In my working years I have worked …

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Veterans Honored at Pinning Ceremony

January 28, 2022

Wings of Hope Hospice staff were warmly welcomed at Douglas Cove Health and Rehabilitation in Douglas on Veteran’s Day to honor the veterans who live at that facility. During the pinning ceremony, each veteran received a personalized certificate of honor along with a special veteran pin. The event also included hearing a medley of the …

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Life and Death with Dignity

June 1, 2021

A recent patient said she learned the meaning of the phrase, “death with dignity.” She said the Wings of Hope Hospice team cared for her with the love of God. Her case manager and bath aide had genuine concern in their voices in trying different methods to deal with her pain. Her social worker went …

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Sensible Measures to Maintain Family Harmony at End of Life

September 17, 2020

As a hospice spiritual caregiver, it’s hard to bring comfort to a family when they are fighting. I was recently in one of those ugly scenes where a mother lay dying while her children and grandchildren argued around her bed. They quarreled about the family estate and what would be the best care for their …

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Won’t You Please Take Me Home?

May 5, 2020

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 …

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