Website captures and shares stories from the end of life
Hospice of Michigan, one of Michigan’s leading providers of hospice and palliative care, has launched a website featuring stories told about the end of life. The website is part of a 52-week campaign to share and honor the important “final chapter” of life.
Called “Stories at Sunset,” the awareness campaign features one new story each week for 52 weeks. They air on local radio stations once per week in the evening drive time, and then are posted on the website: www.storiesatsunset.org, and are also posted on Hospice of Michigan’s Facebook page.
The stories are brief, fewer than 160 words, but tell the moving stories from husbands, wives, nurses, children—the people who are there for others at the end of life. Collected from Hospice of Michigan’s employees, volunteers and supporters, each story shows a unique perspective on the end-of-life experience.
“When it comes to the discussion of death and hospice, there is an information gap,” said Dottie Deremo, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan. “If they have never had a hospice experience, they don’t know what to expect, and they may not realize the rich, warm, life-affirming experience that hospice can create for patients and families. These stories reveal and honor the hospice experience.”
The public is invited to share their personal experiences and stories related to end of life on the website. Go to www.storiesatsunset.org and click on the link to “Tell us Your Story.”
Though hospice care has been available in Michigan for 30 years, it is still not widely understood. Only 30 percent of eligible patients access hospice services at the end of life. Hospice of Michigan believes that its “Stories at Sunset” campaign will help explain the benefits of hospice care, encouraging it as a widely-accepted healthcare service that addresses the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of the patient and their loved ones.