Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-01-2021 under OPINION

We began addressing this topic in last week’s column. Here are three additional responses. Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “My counsel varies with the particular circumstance. It’s...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-25-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “This question is complex. What is not known is if the author is referring to euthanasia or the decision to ‘discontinue...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: What Do You Think of Hospice?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-08-2019 under OPINION

I received a question recently by email. Upon thanking the sender, I received an auto-response that the owner of the email had died … five years ago! I wish the story had ended here, mystery unsolved, so I could imagine that this column has...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: The Charlie Gard Case

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-05-2017 under OPINION

The parents wanted to take him out of the United Kingdom for treatment. The hospital took the parents to court to prevent them from doing so. Ultimately, he died at the end of July after additional court battles regarding the parents’ desire...

[read more]

Calm in the chaos: Life of a therapy dog volunteer

by (karenpimpo)

Submitted 12-13-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Cindy Dutmers loves dogs and loves to help people. While volunteering at West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc., she can do both. Through their visits, Dutmers and her canine partner Meia quietly change the atmosphere of hospitals, veteran’s homes,...

[read more]

Emmanuel Hospice asks the question, "How do you want to live?'

by (GRTV)

Submitted 10-19-2016 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Sara Lowe, Executive Director at Emmanuel Hospice, discusses common misconceptions about hospice care and explains Emmanuel's unique model of care. Emmanuel Hospice is an interfaith,...

[read more]

Emmanuel Hospice Annual Celebration

by (Emmanuel Hospice)

Submitted 08-17-2016 under

On November 1, Emmanuel Hospice will host its first Annual Celebration luncheon. Join us for powerful stories from Emmanuel Hospice, a keynote address from author Dave Kampfschulte on end-of-life issues, live music from our music therapist, and more...

[read more]

“Healthy U” Lecture Discusses End-of-Life Questions

by (Covenant Villag...)

Submitted 04-25-2016 under

“Sharing the Journey:  Supporting a Friend or Neighbor at End-of-Life” is the lecture topic for Covenant Village of the Great Lakes’ “Healthy U” lecture on Monday, May 9, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m. Covenant Village...

[read more]

Grand Rapids Threshold Choir works to bring comfort to dying with song

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-09-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Threshold Choir is a local chapter of an international network of a cappella choirs whose singers serve to bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying. The Grand Rapids choir was started by Linda...

[read more]

Humane Passing: Hospice of Michigan Marks 30 Years of Service; "Ace of Cakes" Presenting Special Cake

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 07-29-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Despite the fact that every person on earth will eventually die, Americans still have a long way to go to openly consider the subject of humane death. So suggests Dr. James B. Fahner, Chief Pediatric Oncologist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and...

[read more]