Family Stories of Hospice Care

Hospice stories



Martha Fuerstenau

Martha's story

“The caring staff brought my family so much comfort when time was of the essence. My sister came in from Alaska, and we had time to cement family bonds. We were able to be intently present with my mother.”

Jasmine's story

Jasmine's story

Determined to have her mother see her get married, Jasmine took fast action. With the help of Henry Ford Hospice nurse Joy Gebhardt and her team, Jasmine planned an impromptu wedding at the Hospital.

Chrissy's Story

Chrissy's story

When Chrissy brought her mother to the Hospice Home in 2014, then medical director Marvin Fields, MD, estimated that end of life would come within “hours to days.” As it turned out, Chrissy’s mother not only adjusted well to the staff and environment, but she was able to live another eight months.

Dorothy Hoffman

Dorothy's story

“If anyone deserved a peaceful ending to a long life, it was my Mom, Dorothy Hoffman. The compassionate staff and volunteers at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home helped us give that to her.”

A.J. Green Teaser

Libby & A.J.'s story

Libby Wahl’s family had one wish for their father, A.J. Green, when his cancer and dementia could no longer be treated at his home. “We wanted him to be cared for with compassion and dignity—and we knew he would be in the best of hands at Henry Ford Hospice Home.”

Nancy Kniebbe

Nancy's story

Nancy’s family found the entire Hospice care team to be “courteous, kind and aware of the emotions we were dealing with,” Debbie said. “They were also positive and reassuring. They told us, ‘You know your mother best. Don’t worry, you are doing all the right things for her.’”

Staff highlights

Melissa Doser intro

Meet Melissa

Nurse Practitioner Melissa Doser brings priceless lessons from her long career as a first responder and hospice provider to the patients at Henry Ford Hospice Home and their loved ones.

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