Before joining Arbor Hospice, Avril developed a passion of working with seniors while employed at a variety of local organizations including an assisted living facility, private practice counseling office and a hospice. She saw a great need for mental health services in this population, particularly surrounding issues with grief and loss.
“When the opportunity to join the Arbor Hospice grief support team arose, I felt a calling to this work – putting my skills and passion into supporting the bereaved in our community,” says Avril. “It is a blessing and an honor to be able to join people in their pain, so they don’t have to go through it alone.”
She received her Bachelor of Arts in art therapy from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Avril is Licensed Professional Counselor through the American Counseling Association and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. She is also a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Avril currently resides in Ypsilanti with her spouse and daughter.
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.