Four organizations receive grant funds to improve end-of-life care and education

Springfield, Missouri (September 1, 2021) ─ The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $97,670 to four organizations in the first round of its 2021 grant cycle. These grants support organizations helping to provide dignity at end-of-life for all persons.

The four grants awarded recently include:

  • Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine:  $49,952 for a feasibility study on Training Hospice Volunteers to Deliver a Psychosocial Intervention to Family Caregivers working with three leading hospice agencies in SW Missouri.
  • CoxHealth at Home:  $25,000 for Music Therapy support for Cox Palliative Care Program providing therapy for palliative care patients and pediatric patients on home health or hospice.

Gay Wilson and Sarah Rosendahl accept a check for the Library Foundation’s death and dying series from Kim Morelock, HFO Executive Director
  • Springfield-Greene County Public Library Foundation:  $13,218 for the Fall Death and Dying community education series to increase public awareness of end-of-life issues.
  • On Angels Wings: $9,500 for its SNAP Project (Supporting our Network of Area Photographers), providing for the growth and mentorship of volunteer photographers. OAW seeks to improve the mental health and wellness of families with a medically fragile child through therapeutic photography and grief recovery services, free of charge.

“These projects will touch individuals, families, medical providers, and communities throughout the area,” said Regina Waters, HFO Board President. “We are grateful for partnerships that help us advance understanding and action around end-of-life issues.”

Michelle Cramer, Founder and President of On Angel’s Wings receives grant award check from Kim Morelock, HFO Executive Director

Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is currently accepting proposals for its next round of awards. Program proposals must be received by Oct. 1, 2021. Grant recipients will be announced in November. To learn more, visit

Since 1997, HFO has given more than $1.4 million in grant awards supporting innovative programs that respond to unmet needs of those requiring hospice, palliative care, advance care planning, grief and bereavement services. The Foundation has funded a range of grantees making important contributions in critical, yet often overlooked areas of need. Grantmaking is open to nonprofit agencies serving the people of Southwest Missouri.