Caring for Marguerite

Before she found Angela Hospice Home Care, Marguerite was all too familiar with the hospital. With congestive heart failure, frequent experiences with shortness of breath required exhausting trips to the ER, and days spent undergoing procedures.

Dr. Banathal Nandish suggested hospice to her and her daughter, Kathy Blauet, so Marguerite could stop the frequent hospitalizations and tests.

Initially, “I said no,” Marguerite recalled. “I really didn’t know much about hospice. I thought it meant you were going to die soon.”

But once she learned what hospice entails, and Kathy reminded her that the hospital trips were so difficult, Marguerite changed her mind.

Mom said, ‘I don’t want to keep going back to the hospital,’” Kathy explained.

Kathy called Angela Hospice, and her mother signed on the next day. The family was impressed with how quickly it occurred, and Marguerite was happy with the visits from her hospice team. She said they implemented simple things to make her life easier. For instance, her nurse brought in oxygen for her to wear at night.

It’s much easier to get dressed in the morning,” she said.

Having Angela Hospice Home Care meant Marguerite could call whenever she experienced any discomfort, such as the episodes of shortness of breath. A nurse would order medical equipment or give medication that would help.

They were quick and caring,” said Marguerite. “They say they’ll do something and they do it.”

After a few months on the program, she knew she must show some decline in order to stay on hospice under Medicare guidelines. Marguerite said she hoped she could remain on the program. She said she is healthier because of hospice.

I was thrilled from the start,” said Marguerite. “I love it. I’m so happy with how caring everyone is.”

They’re taking such good care of mom,” Kathy agreed.

Marguerite added: “The wonderful part is – it doesn’t cost anything!”

Giving Back

When you ask Bob Friar how he became involved with Angela Hospice, he just laughs.

“I’m the accidental volunteer,” Bob says. “I had no connection. I knew Angela Hospice as a name, but I didn’t even really understand the concept.”

It was a friend that first put the idea in Bob’s head, when she saw him at a community event. She pointed at him and said, “I’m here with Angela Hospice, and you should volunteer. They need men volunteers.”

A few synchronicities later, Angela Hospice had Bob’s attention.

“I guess I’m getting some kind of message,” he said, and enrolled in Angela Hospice’s volunteer training classes.

During his orientation interview he was asked what he wanted to do as a hospice volunteer. He said, “I have no idea. I just know I’m supposed to be here.”

So began the caring career of this long-time hospice volunteer. His wife Joanne was soon to join him, and for nine years they did the grocery shopping for the Angela Hospice Care Center. They have also hosted the Friday Ice Cream Socials, helped with memorial services, provided babysitting, patient companionship, bereavement and spiritual care, and put together thousands of admission packets each year – not to mention the various jobs that fall under the elusive category of “miscellaneous.” Their schedule has them coming in several days a week to work on projects.

“It keeps us out of trouble,” Joanne jokes. But she says, “We believe in the mission. Here, whatever you do, it’s appreciated and it’s valuable…it’s in the big picture. “

“We’ve been very blessed in life, so it’s just a way of giving back,” Bob adds. “God isn’t done with us yet.”

This year Bob earned his 6,500 Service Hours pin, and Joanne earned her 6,000 Service Hours pin.

Walk of Remembrance appeals to all ages

Walk of Remembrance appeals to all ages

 It’s not a competition, and it’s not even really about fitness, but 1,000 people are expected to grace the grounds of the Felician Sisters on the morning of Saturday, September 20, to walk 2.3-miles. The reason for their trek: to honor and celebrate the dear loved ones they’ve lost.

Angela Hospice will hold the 7th annual Walk of Remembrance to benefit its free community outreach programs for grieving children and adults. The walk will begin at Madonna University at 10 a.m., and continue through the peaceful, idyllic property of the Felician Sisters, including Ladywood High School, the Sisters’ Central Convent, and concluding at the beautiful Angela Hospice grounds.

“The Walk of Remembrance continues to grow each year, and it’s a testament to how powerful this event is,” said Bob Alexander, Angela Hospice Business Development Manager. “Many people return year after year to take part in it, and it has even become a tradition for these families.”

Individuals and families of all ages are encouraged to attend the uplifting event, which also includes live music, a hot dog lunch, and rock painting activity. Some families are even forming fundraising teams to pay tribute to their loved ones, while helping to support Angela Hospice’s charitable work.

“Angela Hospice’s grief support services are available free of charge to anyone who has experienced a loss,” said Rebecca DeRaud, Social Work and Bereavement Manager at Angela Hospice. “This event is a great way to support these charitable programs financially, while also helping to bring awareness of these resources to people in the community.”

Angela Hospice’s grief support services include general and special topic grief support groups; individual and family counseling; and holiday workshops for children, teens, and adults.

Registration for the Walk of Remembrance includes a T-shirt and is $25 in advance for adults (increases to $35 on day of event), $15 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for 5 and under. Day of event registration begins at 9 a.m.

You can register online, and get more information about Angela Hospice’s programs, by visiting, or calling (734) 464-7810.

Angela Hospice is a Catholic sponsored ministry in the Felician Franciscan tradition, providing families in Southeast Michigan with comprehensive, compassionate, and Christlike care since 1985

14100 Newburgh Road
Livonia, Michigan 48154
Phone (734) 464-7810

Angela Hospice's Work and Mission

Angela Hospice's Work and Mission

Angela Hospice Volunteer Pam and Alberta

Angela Hospice Volunteer Pam and Alberta

Angela Hospice - Volunteer Claire

Angela Hospice - Volunteer Claire

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Ask for Angela - Angela Hospice