Hospice: Spring & Summer Bereavement Programs
Hospice of Washington County (HWC) offers a variety of workshops which provide education and support for those who are grieving due to a loss of a loved one.
Throughout the spring and summer of 2016, HWC will offer specialized workshops that help individuals to better understand the grief process, maintain their physical and emotional health and find comfort in sharing with others who have experienced similar losses.
“We encourage individuals who have experienced loss to participate in our workshops,” stated Cathy Campbell, HWC’s Manager of Bereavement Services. “We provide a safe and caring place so that individuals can talk freely about their feelings. All of our programs are free of charge.”
On June 13, an Honoring Our Fathers Program will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is an evening to honor fathers and father figures in our lives who have died. The program is held at HWC’s Office at 747 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown.
A Six-Week Support Group for those whose loved one died by overdose is will begin on June 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be held six consecutive Wednesdays. This program is for any adult whose loved one died suddenly and tragically by an accidental overdose. The support group will meet at HWC’s Life Center located at 28 North Main Street in Boonsboro.
The Teen Grief Support Group will begin on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and continue each Tuesday through July 26. This program is designed for teens between the ages of 13 to 17 grieving the death of a loved one. The program is held at HWC’s Office at 747 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown.
Hospice of Washington County’s Camp Hope ‘N’ Cope will offer an overnight camp experience designed to pair children who are grieving with adults who can offer support and guidance. The adult volunteer acts as a “Big Buddy”, providing individual attention to the child for the entire camp experience. All camp volunteers are specially screened and trained. Licensed Counselors and Social Workers are part of the camp experience, leading both large and small group discussions on issues such as anger, guilt and letting go. The children also participate in the Camp confidence course to build self-confidence, teamwork and trust. Many other recreational activities are built into this Camp, making it a real camp experience. The children enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, volley ball and basketball, swimming, and even toasting marshmallows around the campfire. Camp will be held from 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 20 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 at the Mt. Aetna Retreat Center, 21905 Mt. Aetna Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21742. Applications are due no later than July 27.
HWC will offer a program entitled “Are There Paw Prints on Your Heart?” This program is a celebration and remembrance for those experiencing the death of a beloved pet which can be devastating. Commemorating the lives of our pets can play a vital role in the healing process of grief. This program will be held on July 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at HWC’s Office at 747 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown.
On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. from September 2 through October 28, HWC will hold Grief Walks. This is an easy-paced walking group which offers individuals the opportunity to re-energize, share, listen to and learn from others who have also experienced the death of a loved one. This is an adult-only group for all fitness levels. This is not a fitness program, but a means to reflect on the grief journey with others. Participants gather at HWC’s Office at 747 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown. Individuals can begin participation in this program on any Friday during the program.
“Along with our workshops, we also offer a general on-going grief support group which meets the first and third Monday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon and again on the second and fourth Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,” stated Ms. Campbell. “HWC is there to help and support those who are grieving due to a loss of a loved, and all of groups and workshops are open to anyone in the community.