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2017 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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Congratulations to Jeff Bell, recipient of the Langeland 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award. Jeff works as a registered nurse for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, originally at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo and now at Glenn Arbor in Battle Creek, both Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan facilities. He was nominated originally for the monthly Hospice Caregiver Award and selected by Langelands as their December 2016 recipient. His nominator was particularly impressed by Jeff's kindness and sensitivity to their loved one and the whole family. This made a huge impact on them.

On October 11th Langelands hosted the Hospice Caregiver Award Banquet at their Westside Chapel. It was an evening focused on honoring the 12 monthly winners of the Caregiver Award. The monthly award recipients were also encouraged to invite some guests to join them for the festivities. Jeff included his parents Fran and Eleanor Bell, and his partner Brian Smith to be part of his special evening.  

 Jeff was drawn to hospice work in the mid 80's though his own experience of witnessing the important role that hospice workers played in assisting those he knew who were affected by AIDS. He later enrolled at KVCC in the nursing program and began working for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan as a Home Health Aide. That was 23 years ago.

 Jeff shares the most gratifying part of his job. "To be able to offer support and comfort to someone at the end of life, is an honor. Guiding families through this process, when they are in need of kindness, is gratifying." Hospice work is very rewarding but it can also be very emotionally draining. Jeff works to keep a healthy balance between work and home. He says, "I strive to do my very best when at work, then focus on personal interests and pastimes at home. Reading, bicycling, and gardening help relieve stress and mental fatigue. My family and friends are very important to me. I would not be where I am today without them."

 Jeff feels truly honored by this award. He believes the hospice profession as one to be pursued for the pay or recognition, but rather it is a calling. He shares this award with everyone on his team at Rose Arbor and Glenn Arbor. "We all work together, we all share the same goals. I could not do this work alone!"

In October 2018 the Hospice Caregiver of 2018 will be announced at a special reception honoring all the award recipients of the past year. The Caregiver of the Year will receive a gift certificate for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Do you know a special Caregiver? Nominate them today! 


Lourie was nominated by Penny Hurd.

Lourie spent much time doing mom's hair, nails, bathing and changing mom's briefs, putting lotion and powder on mom along with hugs and kisses and "I love yous". She helped to feed mom on bad days and always made sure she was comfortable. She also was concerned about if I was doing okay - Hugs for me and my family. All this and caring for a sister of her own on weekends. What a special person Lourie is. I'll always be thankful for her.

Penny Hurd

Pictured from left to right: Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator, Langeland Family Funeral Homes; Lourie Shannon, Nurse's Aide, Southern Care Hospice; Tod Langeland, Secretary and General Manager of Langeland Family Funeral Homes.

Thank you Lourie for your commitment to those you serve!

Congratulations to our September Caregiver Award recipient Lourie Shannon. Lourie received The Crystal Heart Award and a gift card to be used for whatever she would like.

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