ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund Supports Grief Library for Hospice Agency
Norene Smith is the proud recipient of a grant from the ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund to purchase grief and bereavement materials for a free grief resource library in her local community. As a volunteer coordinator at Heartland Hospice serving North Central Indiana, Norene frequently provides her team with resources to support patients and their families through the grieving process. She sensed a need within her local community for greater and more accessible resources, especially amongst individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders.
Often referred to as “The Long Goodbye”, individuals suffering from memory disorders, as well as their families and caregivers, often experience grief and loss throughout the progression of illness as abilities are lost, as well as upon the individual’s passing. Because of this progression of grief, Norene and her team partnered with their local Alzheimer’s/Dementia Services of Northern Indiana to install a free grief resources lending library. This library contains numerous books on a variety of grief-related topics, both specific to memory loss and of a more general nature.
These materials were supported by a grant from the ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund, a financial resource that is generously supported by grateful patients and their families as well as donations in memory of individuals who have passed away. The ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund enables grant-making to Heartland Hospice patients and families in the amount of $500-$1,500 to seven potential categories, including funding bereavement resources such grief libraries, end-of-life wish fulfillment, grief camps for children, community memorial services, caregiver transition expenses, educational events, and supporting patients and families in financial distress. For more information on this valuable resource, visit the website.
The grief resource library is available to any interested parties and can be found at 1151 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN. Books may be borrowed for any length of time needed and patrons are asked to return the book to the library once they are finished reading it so that it may also benefit others.