Hospice Memory Bear Program Expands, Seeks Volunteers

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DETROIT — In an effort to help the bereaved cope, Hospice of Michigan is expanding its Memory Bear program, which provides patient’s families with a bear made from the clothing of their loved one.

Hospice is currently seeking skilled volunteers in Southeast Michigan to make and distribute memory bears, which are eight inches tall and made in a patch-quilt style with cotton, wool, fleece or flannel clothing.

Hospice began its Memory Bear program in select communities a number of years ago. After seeing the positive impact the bears have had on those grieving, Hospice began seeking volunteers to help expand the program to other areas including Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Prospective volunteers can contact the Karen Monts, the organization’s director of grief support, at 313-578-6326 for additional information about becoming involved with the program.

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