Holidays bring a lot to the table – including stress and sadness
The holidays are a wonderful time for families and friends to gather together but sometimes, and for some folks, those gatherings can create stress. And if a loved one has been lost during the past year, the sadness and/or loneliness from that loss can be even more pronounced during holidays. Two special workshops have been designed by NVNA and Hospice to address some of those issues.
On Saturday, November 21, our Bereavement Coordinator Karen Gore, LICSW, leads a Memory Box Workshop for children who have lost a loved one in the past year. As part of Children’s Grief Awareness, this workshop offers children an opportunity to decorate a memory box in which to store special letters, photos, and trinkets related to the loved one(s) they’ve lost. Scheduled from 10 am to 12 noon at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, the workshop is offered free of charge but does require pre-registration by calling Karen at 781-659-2342, ext. 305. Art and collage materials as well as small boxes are supplied as are light refreshments.
On Wednesday, December 2, a panel presentation by NVNA and Hospice’s Alzheimer’s Specialty Team addresses holiday stress for caregivers and how they can find relief. The multi-disciplinary team offers resources and tips on how to build a caregiving team and accept help, particularly during the holidays. The program is offered at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell from 10:30 to 12 noon on Dec. 2. Registration is due by November 30 through calling 781-659-2342.