The Power of Hospice is Captured in Song, Joy in a Teardrop Launches New Music Project Inspired by Hospice and Palliative Care.

Proceeds from Joy in a Teardrop will Support National Hospice Foundation

(Alexandria, Va) – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is proud to announce an exciting, new project using music to express the essence of compassion and caring as experienced by hospice and palliative care professionals, Joy in a Teardrop: The Hospice Music Project
This project was initiated with the creation of a song, Joy in a Teardrop, which can be seen on YouTube.
Joy in a Teardrop was written as part of a songwriting workshop at NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary Conference in November 2018 in New Orleans. Led by GRAMMY award winning songwriter Tricia Walker and John Mulder, hospice professionals shared reflections of their work and put words to the many emotions experienced in caring for those at life’s end. Walker and Mulder shaped those words and added music to bring Joy in a Teardrop to life.

“It is a wonderful statement of the beauty and poignancy of the work that we all do in caring for people at the end of life,” said co-creator John Mulder, MD, who is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist as well as a musician. 
Joy in a Teardrop was subsequently recorded by Walker and Mulder, and is available for purchase from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify music services and in CD from NHPCO’s Marketplace. NHPCO staff added photographs that have been shared by member hospices to create a video version of the song, which is the version available on YouTube (linked above).
Joy in a Teardrop was officially presented to the hospice community at the opening plenary of NHPCO’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference on April 15 in Washington, DC. 
Spurred on by the hospice community’s positive response to Joy in a Teardrop, NHPCO is launching a new program, Joy in a Teardrop: The Hospice Music Project, which will result in a full album of songs that reflect the experience of hospice professionals in the work that they do – the joys, sorrows, difficult and challenging times, and even the lighthearted and humorous moments that are a part of everyday end-of-life experiences. 
Joy in a Teardrop: The Hospice Music Project, will be led by Tricia Walker and John Mulder, they will be assisted by other highly decorated songwriters, including Beth Nielsen Chapman and Marcus Hummon. These writers will take the thoughts and ideas provided by hospice and palliative care professionals and craft original songs, just as Walker and Mulder did with Joy in a Teardrop. 
“We feel that this will be one more effective way of communicating the sacredness of our work and establishing a testament of our wonderful legacy,” added Mulder.
During his introduction of Joy in a Teardrop at the Leadership and Advocacy Conference, NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach quoted the musician Ed Sheeran, “Music is a powerful tool in galvanizing people around an issue. There’s no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.” 
All proceeds from sale of the song will go to support the work of the National Hospice Foundation, NHPCO’s philanthropic affiliate.


Holland Home, Faith Hospice, and Trillium Institute are pleased to announce that John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC  has been recognized by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) with the 2019 Project on Death In America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award. Dr. Mulder is Medical Director of the Trillium Institute, an affiliate of Holland Home.

The award recognizes Dr. Mulder for his efforts to advance the field of palliative care in our community through distinctive mentorship and leadership, as well as his commitment to mentoring future leaders and serving as a role model for other health professionals engaged in improving the care of the dying.

Dr. Mulder is a leader in the field of palliative care and has considered improving the quality of life for his patients a matter of service for more than 30 years.  With expertise in the fields of hospice, end of life care and palliative medicine, he is a nationally recognized authority on end-of-life issues and pain management.

Dr. Mulder received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his masters and medical degrees from Wayne State University. He has received numerous awards and serves as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is also the director of the Mercy Health Grand Rapids Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. He served as Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Faith Hospice for nine years.

“John has a genuine passion for guiding patients and their loved ones through some of the most uncertain and emotional moments of their lives with grace and dignity. He walks alongside them on their journey, bringing comfort and understanding to every life he touches. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from John and feel that there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Amy Van Andel, a veteran in the field of hospice palliative care and a colleague of Dr. Mulder’s.

Steve Van Andel, Chairman of Amway, further commented, “The Grand Rapids community owes a great deal to John, not only because of his work and leadership in this area, but because of the quality of care we will all receive as a result of his mentorship of the next generation of health care providers.”

Dr. Mulder will receive his award during the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in Orlando, Florida on March 14, 2019.

Educating the Community on Palliative Care with Trillium Institute
Our palliative care program spotlight series continues with a fascinating chat with John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, CHMD, the Medical Director of Trillium Institute and Holland Home Palliative Care. Holland Home began its clinical services in 2007 with home based and skilled nursing facility consultations, added hospital consult services in 2008, and outpatient clinics in 2011. Trillium Institute launched in 2014 with the purpose of developing a portfolio of educational resources for local universities, public events, professional schools and health care institutions, and also to implement navigation services for patients and families living with serious illness. Our chat with John covers how these programs have evolved through this growth. John is big on educating the community at large on what palliative care is and he’s a great spokesman for the benefits of palliative care.
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December, 17, 2015-

Dr. John Mulder, Medical Director of Trillium Institute, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management by Governor Rick Snyder.
“John’s expertise in chronic pain management will be a tremendous asset to this committee, and I appreciate his willingness to serve,” Snyder said
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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Inside Track- Mulder treats people, not disease

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Trillium Institute is happy to announce a new graduate-level certificate program in Palliative and Hospice care through Grand Valley State University. Dr. John Mulder has played an influential role in designing the curriculum for inter-professional collaboration in providing end of life care. Click here for more information.

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GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Trillium sparks conversation on how to live, die and grieve well

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WOODTV 8:  GVSU hosting public forum on end-of-life care 

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MLIVE:  Forum on end-of-life care includes author of recent ‘Dying in America’ report

November 28, 2014-

MLIVE:  Holland Home launches new institute aimed at improving end-of-life care