Hospice of Michigan and Michael’s Place to Host Free ‘Writing Through Loss’ Workshops

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is partnering with Michaels’s Place to host a series of free Writing Through Loss workshops every Thursday starting Sept. 12 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. The workshops will run six consecutive Thursday mornings at the nonprofit grief support center, located at 1212 Veterans Dr. in Traverse City, and will encourage participants to utilize their “creative side” in the healing process.

The event is open to adults grieving a loss and interested in writing, regardless of whether or not their loved one received service from Hospice of Michigan. Journals and pens will be provided, and light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The groups will be led by Kathryn Holl and Melissa Fournier, licensed professionals in the counseling and social work fields. Holl is a grief support services manager at Hospice of Michigan and former instructor of Life Story writing. Fournier is the program director at Michael’s Place, co-editor of AFTER: Stories About Loss & What Comes Next (2019) and writer and publisher of Abruptio (2019), a novel that explores the personal story of losing her infant daughter. Fournier’s work has also appeared in the Dunes Review and The Sow Ear’s Poetry Review. She received the 2013 William J. Shaw Prize for Poetry awarded by Michigan Writers.

Writing Through Loss is an informal support group in which participants can discuss a wide range of topics related to grief. These sessions are among the many free grief support services from Hospice of Michigan that offer a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.
To register, please contact Kathryn Holl at kholl@hom.org or 231.929.1557.

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.