Faith Hospice has announced plans to build a grief support center at its inpatient facility in Trillium Woods to meet the growing need for grief counseling in West Michigan.
The Grief Support Center 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW at Byron Center provides services such as educational resources, one-on-one counseling, bereavement workshops, support groups, and a variety of other services for those who have lost a loved one. The new space will also allow Faith Hospice to expand its funeral services, create a central place for staff to find and support patients and each other, and improve training and education services for better care.
“We will have grief support groups that are there for certain losses” [such as] loss of a spouse, parent, or child, and we would also like to provide training on Living with Grief where we will offer various educational programs on a variety of topics such as widowhood, ”said Janet Jaymin, Faith Hospice Grief Counselor. “We also want to focus on wellness – things like aromatherapy, journaling, chair yoga, some meditation.”
The new facility will be on the lower level of Trillium Woods, creating a calming and welcoming space for those who have suffered losses. Guests also have the opportunity to experience the serenity and space they need in the facility’s wooded “back yard” as they mourn the loss of a loved one.
“We want to expand healing through art, pet loss, and coping with the holidays,” added Jaymin. “We also want to go on a prayer walk at some point [which would be] a space where people go for a walk and have this quiet break for themselves. Maybe they just want to come and walk the prayer path, and maybe that’s enough for them. They don’t necessarily want to come and talk. That’s all you can do now. “
The facility will serve both families of Faith Hospice patients and will also serve members of the public who have lost a loved one who was not a Faith Hospice patient.
“We hope to serve not only our patients’ families, but the community as well,” said Tammy Veldkamp, executive director of Faith Hospice. “We get a lot of families coming to our groups from other hospices, or maybe a loss in the community where the person was not in the Faith Hospice’s service, but they also need help with bereavements or with family members, children, etc. and we also serve all of these people. Not just the families of Faith Hospice patients. “
As part of the hospice care, which is financed by the Faith Hospice itself, funeral services are offered in the Faith Hospice for the relatives after their death.
“The bereavement we provide for our patients’ families is part of the hospice service that takes place 13 months after the death of a patient. But we only do that because it is right for the community, ”added Veldkamp.
Faith Hospice continues to seek funding to assist in the construction of the newly announced facility.
The company has raised around $ 1.5 million, according to Veldkamp, and hopes to meet its $ 2 million goal to expand the grief center. If you want to make a charitable contribution to the construction of the grief relief center, you can do so by clicking the “Make a Gift” button on www.faithhospicecare.org/grief-support-center. Donations are also accepted over the phone by calling Faith Hospice at (616) 235-5118.