Virtual Touch Programs

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Wesley Lawton, Grief Support Services Manager, conducts a virtual support group 

Providing bereavement support to the communities we support remains a priority as we continue to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols. Hospice of Michigan is pleased to offer several opportunities to join virtual grief support groups to help keep you connected and supported during these uncertain times.

Joining a virtual group is very simple – you can join by phone or by computer.

Please feel free to join any of the virtual support group options – you are welcome to join more than one.
We are also glad to offer the return of some face-to-face opportunities. Safety measures will be in place for all in-person groups if you wish to participate.
Please contact the Grief Support Services Manager leading the group you would like to attend. They will provide you with the information needed to participate.
We recognize that these challenging times can impact our grief and hope you will consider attending.


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Men Overcoming Loss (Virtual)

These online support groups are designed for men who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Join virtually from your computer or mobile device.
Men Overcoming Loss: General (Virtual & In-Person)
Designed for men grieving any type of loss.
1st Tuesday of the month (starting Feb 1, 2022) | 6pm-7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 932 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac
RSVP with Will Gasper • 231-444-3350 • wgasper@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss: Grieving Dads (Virtual & In-Person)
1st Wednesday of the month | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss: Partner/Spouse (Virtual only)
3rd Tuesday of the month | 6:00pm-7:30pm
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

Or Click Here to Register >

View the Men Overcoming Loss – Video Archives >


GRIEF AFTER DEMENTIA

For anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s Disease or other type of dementia. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter.
2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
RSVP with Carly Whetstone • 616-443-2581 • cwhetstone@hom.org


Living On

The focus of Living On groups is to express feelings and experiences related to the loss in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental environment. Grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group.

In-Person Groups

3rd Tuesday of the month | 1pm – 2:30pm
Eton Senior Recreation Center, 4900 Pardee Ave., Dearborn Heights
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

1st Thursday of the month | 1pm – 2pm
Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada
RSVP with Carly Whetstone • 616-443-2581 • cwhetstone@hom.org

2nd Friday of the month | 11:30am – 1pm
Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Rd., Woodhaven
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

3rd Friday of the month | 10:30am – 11:30am
Royal Oak Senion Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

In-Person Groups with Virtual Option (Zoom)

1st Tuesday of the month | 6pm – 7pm
Hospice of Michigan, 43097 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

2nd Wednesday of the month | 1pm – 2:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 932 North Mitchell, Cadillac
RSVP with Will Gasper • 231-444-3350 • wgasper@hom.org

Virtual only (Zoom)

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

1st Friday of the month | 10:30am – 11:30am
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

Living On – Young Adults

An open, ongoing group for people in their 20s and 30s. Facilitated by Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan Grief Counselors.
1st Monday of the month | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

Living On – Loss from COVID

A monthly support group for people who have experienced the death of a loved one from COVID. Facilitated by Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan Grief Counselors.
3rd Wednesday of the month | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Spouse or Partner

Come and share, or simply listen, as we discuss the various intricacies and many facets of grief after the loss of a spouse/partner.
4th Tuesday of the month | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Stacy Malenfant • 989-358-4295 • smalenfa@hom.org

2nd & 4th Thursday of the month | 2pm – 3:30pm
RSVP with Kjirsten Boeve • 231-929-1557 • kboeve@hom.org

Living On – Adult Loss of Parent

An open, ongoing, bi-monthly group for people who have lost a parent.
4th Tuesday & 2nd Wednesday of the month | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Adult Child

An open, ongoing group for people who have lost an Adult Child.
2nd Thursday of the month | 10:30am – 11:45am
RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org


SEMINARS AND SPECIAL SERIES

Seminar-Grief 101

This educational meeting provides important resources and information for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Grief 101 explores what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care and available community support. Registration is required.
Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 2:30pm – 3:45pm
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org
or Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

Loss of Spouse/Partner with Ron Gries, Author of “Through Death to Life” (Virtual and In-Person)

Hear Ron’s authentic and hopeful story of living through his wife’s illness and death, and of his grieving and healing. Ron will share excerpts of his book and discuss how writing helped him on his journey. Attend in-person or via Zoom. A light lunch will be provided for those in-person, Zoom participants are welcome to bring their own for the event. Registration is required.
Wednesday, February 9 | 12pm – 1pm
Hospice of Michigan, 39531 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

Seminar-Mindfulness and Grief (Virtual and In-Person)

In this two-session seminar, which is offered on Zoom and in-person, attendees will learn about basic mindfulness techniques and how they can be utilized as effective wellness and coping tools while on the grief journey. Each session will include time to practice the techniques as a group, and for processing and sharing. Please plan to attend both sessions. Registration is required.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 and Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6pm – 7pm
Optional locations:
Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave. SE, Ada
or Hospice of Michigan, 39531 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org
or Carly Whetstone • 616-443-2581 • cwhetstone@hom.org

Seminar-Journey Through Grief

This series of weekly sessions offers insights and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief. Practical handouts are provided with each session.
Every Thursday; March 31, 2022 thru April 28, 2022 | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org


 

GRIEF IS LOVE LOST

Short audio sessions to help you navigate your grief journey. Hosted by Dr. John Canine and Eli Zaret.
“Grief isn’t curable. But over time and with productive attention to our grief, we learn to manage it, and acquire the strength, vigilance and courage to embrace a goal of hope and happiness.
Grief is Love Lost is a caring companion to Hospice of Michigan’s Grief Journey Program. These short audio sessions can be helpful before, during and after the loss of a loved one.”
Click here to learn more >

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