Detroit, July 30, 2015 – Arbor Hospice will hold communitywide Fly & Remember memorial events in September throughout Michigan.
Attendees of these free events will have the opportunity to personalize a kite in memory of their loved one and then fly it in that person’s honor. HOM invites the whole family to join in for a day of sharing memories, laughter and refreshments.
“For families who have lost a loved one, Fly & Remember events offer an opportunity to come together to remember and celebrate that person’s life and legacy,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services at Arbor Hospice. “The Fly & Remember events are positive, healthy experiences. They’re memorials that give families time to reflect on happy memories.
“We invite the entire community to participate in the Fly & Remember festivities. These programs are not just for those who have been patients of Arbor Hospice.”
Each community hosting a Fly & Remember event plans to partner with other organizations and offer unique family-friendly activities. Kite decorating memorial events will be held:
- Thursday, Sept. 3 in Traverse City at Bay Ridge Assisted Living Center, 3825 Scenic Ridge, from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 11 in Fremont at Transitional Health Services of Fremont, 4554 W. 48th St., from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 11 in Manistee at Manistee County Medical Care Facility, 1505 E. Parkdale Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 12 in Alpena at Starlite Beach Pavilion, S. State Street, from 10 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, Sept. 12, in Royal Oak at Starr Jaycee Park, 13 Mile Road just east of Crooks Road, from 10 a.m. to noon
- Monday, Sept. 21 in Traverse City at Greilickville Harbor Park, 13132 S. West Bay Shore Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Registration information for Fly & Remember is available at https://hom.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=FLY_and_Remember. HOM is also offering families the opportunity to make a donation and fly a virtual kite if they are unable to attend the event.
Fly & Remember, which was first held in 2009, is just one of many ways that HOM works with patients and their families to offer support, strength and guidance through the emotional challenges of loss.
About Arbor Hospice
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Arbor Hospice is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Arbor Hospice Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.