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2016 Award Recipients

The work of a hospice caregiver often transcends any description of kindness, service and ministry.  It takes a very special kind of compassion and dedication. A very special person.

Each month Langeland Family Funeral Homes selects an individual as a recipient of the Hospice Caregiver Award from your nominations. The person chosen as the monthly award winner receives a gift card to be used for whatever they desire. Yearly, Langeland Family Funeral Homes holds a reception to honor the past year's award recipients. During the reception, one of these special people will be selected as “Caregiver of the Year”. The Caregiver of the Year recipient will receive a gift certificate for a very special evening and a night away.

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Pam Inzano-Wesaw is the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hospice Caregiver of 2016.  She works as a social worker for Heartland Hospice of Kalamazoo and just celebrated her two year anniversary in October 2016.  Pam was nominated by the Leadership Team of Heartland Hospice and was originally selected as the May 2016 monthly award recipient. 

When Pam was asked about what this award means to her, she first qualified it by saying that she does what she does not for the recognition, but she is by nature uncomfortable with all of this attention. She did say how hard it is to put this experience into words since hospice means a great deal to her and it is such a big part of who she is. She is honored to be the recipient of the Hospice caregiver award, but is aware that there are so many exceptional caregivers which are deserving of recognition.  She shares this award with her entire team!

Pam began working for hospice because of a personal connection with hospice where she saw how it had a positive impact on her and her philosophy of care. After that she made the decision to be involved with hospice, first as a volunteer and later had the privilege of working in the capacity of a social worker.  She finds it an honor to meet the patients and the families and give special significance to their stories and experiences.  Every day is different with its challenges and new experiences which brings the reward of being able to assist her families in whatever is important to them.  She expressed that by working with each of her patients she takes something from the relationship which continues to mold and form her in the role as a social worker.

Working as a hospice worker brings gratification but can also be very stressful. Pam shared how she deals with the stresses of hospice social worker.  “I try to direct my emotions in a positive way that honors all of my patients at different stages of their journey. I have an amazing family that supports me without ever having to say a word.  I am very active and involved with my kid’s extracurricular activities and enjoy spending time outdoors in many various functions.  My coworkers are also an amazing source of support and encouragement. This job would be impossible without the efforts of others.”

Pam lives in Portage with her husband Jeff, and her three children Brendan, Jordan and Mason.  They all attended the awards banquet and took special joy in seeing Pam receive this tremendous honor.

Thank you, Pam.

Langeland Family Funeral Homes is delighted to recognize you as the Hospice Caregiver of 2016.

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