Hospice Volunteers Our hospice volunteers have completed special training and are carefully screened to be able to provide sensitive, understanding companionship and emotional support. They can offer help in many different ways to best assist the patient and his or her family. Volunteers may help by visiting patients and offering to do errands or providing respite time for family caregivers. Some volunteers choose to help our mission by assisting the office staff with clerical duties or mailings. With advanced training, others choose to be vigil volunteers. Completion of a structured training program is required for all hospice volunteers. The special help provided by Hospice volunteers is needed and deeply appreciated.
Bereavement or Grief Services Throughout the year, Community VNA holds grief support programs for our Hospice families as well as for the community at large.We offer programs for adults and specialized programs for children. Each year, we also host Healing through the Arts, an expressive arts workshop which is open to the public.
Adults Bereavement or grief support services are provided to help patients and later their families deal with grief. Grief support services are available for at least 13 months following the death of a hospice patient and include grief information, a monthly drop-in support group as well as a 6-week intensive support and bereavement education series for adults which is held several times a year. All bereavement services are offered without charge, thanks to the generous support we receive from grateful donors. See the events calendar for a schedule.
Regular drop-in support group We offer a monthly drop-in support group for adults, which follows an informal format. Those who attend may share personal experiences, receive support and offer suggestions to others on coping with the journey through grief. The group meets at Community VNA on the first Monday evening of each month, .Call 774.203.1373 to register or just drop in.
6-week Bereavement Support Series Several times a year, we host a 6-week Series on Grief which is a learning and supportive experience for grieving adults to help to begin the journal toward healing. The meetings are held one evening a week for six weeks. See the events calendar for the upcoming schedule. Please call 774.203.1373 for more information or to register.
Kids' Club Our children's bereavement program, Kids' Club is held several times a year on Saturday mornings and provides a supportive environment for children, ages 5-13, to express their losses and explore inner feelings. Activities include art therapy, simple crafts, creating memory books, story sharing and discussions which are guided by hospice staff members who specialize in working with grieving children.Thanks to the gifts of many donors and a very generous grant from The TJX Foundation, Kids' Club continues to be open at no charge to children and families of our Hospice patients as well as to any child in the community in need of this help. See the events calendar for upcoming schedule. Pre-registeration is required. For more information or to register, call 774.203.1373.
Location Unless otherwise noted, all bereavement programs are held at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA.