Hospice at Home Volunteer Honored
Jun 5, 2014
(SOUTH HAVEN) – South Haven resident Gail Ohnsman
received the Angel of Service Award on May 20 during the annual Friends of Hospice Luncheon. Melinda Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, presented Ohnsman with the award before the organization’s 48 members at Peace Lutheran Church. Ohnsman began volunteering at Hospice at Home in February 2012.
“Gail is small, but mighty,” Graham said. “She’s not one to shy away from an assignment.” Ensuring the comfort of hospice patients when family members could not be present, delivering meals during one of this past winter’s blizzards, and walking for hours with a dementia patient at a nursing home were just a few examples Graham used to describe Ohnsman’s commitment and passion for volunteering.
“I am very fortunate to have had, and continue to have, the very special privilege of sharing this mysterious part of life's journey with people,” Ohnsman said. “It is a gift to me to be a part of this journey, and the sense of fulfillment that I gain from these experiences during sometimes very small moments is extremely special.”
“Volunteering with Hospice continues to give me many opportunities in life to experience these unique moments, as well as the opportunity to personally be supported and mentored in my own challenges,” she continued. “No matter which staff member I encounter, or where, it always seems that there is a personal connection, a willingness to listen and hear, a response to me as an individual, not just ‘a volunteer.’”
About Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health affiliate, provides quality care to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan counties. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana.