LifeSpan’s Guardianship will remember three clients at Greenwood Cemetery
HAMILTON, OH (May 10, 2019) – Michael Brown, Samuel Flemmings and Clifford Sizemore will be eulogized on May 15, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery at 1:00p.m.
LifeSpan, a local nonprofit social service agency in Hamilton that provides various support services including a Guardianship program, will be holding their 3rd Celebration of Life Graveside Memorial Service at Greenwood Cemetery on May 15th at 1:00p.m.
LifeSpan’s Guardianship program was the first of its kind in Butler County when it was established in 1996. Both staff and volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for their clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues and to bring stability, safety, and companionship.
“Our guardians have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of our community’s most vulnerable residents who have no family member able to care for them,” said Lisa Frye, LifeSpan’s guardianship program manager. “They typically live in nursing homes, group homes and other supported living environments. More often than not, our Guardians become a client’s only family and make crucial decisions; ensuring clients are healthy and in proper living conditions. Our Guardians serve as their companion and advocate.”
Graveside memorial services are held whenever a need arises if a client had no means to pay for burial and no family to assist with services. LifeSpan was graciously gifted a section within the Greenwood Cemetery by the Cemetery’s Board of Directors and James K. Fitton, a previous LifeSpan board member.
Over the years, a large memorial stone has been engraved with the names of seven individuals who have passed and have been interred at the cemetery site. Michael Brown, Samuel Flemmings and Clifford Sizemore will join them.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to support our Guardianship clients throughout their lives including at the end of life,” said Denise Brodsky, LifeSpan’s director of development. “We are grateful for our partnership with Greenwood Cemetery for donating space to provide our clients a final resting place.”
“We will also remember and recognize the names of 157 individuals who have passed since our last memorial service held in 2014. Family, friends, nursing home employees and community members are all welcome to attend.”
Chuck Cotton, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Middletown, will lead the service. Judge Randy Rogers and Judge Joseph W. Kirby will offer inspirational words.
LifeSpan, founded in 1945, serves clients of southwest Ohio by offering innovative, cost-effective programs for individuals, families, groups and schools.
LifeSpan’s Guardians work with both the Butler and Warren County Probate Courts to bring stability, safety, and companionship to hundreds of area residents. Both staff and volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for their clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues. Clients are individuals who need assistance in decision-making and advocacy based on limitations that impair their ability to make competent decisions. Visit lifespanohio.org/guardianship or call 513-868-3210 for additional information.