Each person finds their own path through the heartbreak of grief. This spring, neighbors of all ages across the Lakes Region are invited to explore how art, music, and nature can be a part of a path of healing through loss and finding wells of creativity and solace as they remember loved ones.
“Sometimes art, music, and nature can help us honor our connection to a loved one in ways that take us out of the torment of our heads . . . letting our bodies and hearts remember and heal,” shares Dan Kusch who provides bereavement and spiritual care at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. “Often friends or members of the same family grieve differently and it can be lonely. Another gift of these workshops is safe space to have a shared experience and also offer each person their own ways to express their loss and love.”
Upcoming workshops are Saturdays 10am-Noon on April 14, May 12, and June 16 in Laconia. Upcoming activities shared by local artists include harp and keyboard, pottery, wire jewelry, poetry and writing, hand-made books, fly-tying (for fly-fishing), wind chimes, paper boat luminaries, and more. The last two workshops are close to Mother’s and Father’s Days and may be especially good openings to honor mother, father, and parent figures in our lives. These workshops are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information and to register for any of these grief support offerings, please call Dan at 524-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year come springtime, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has its Service of Remembrance to honor those who have passed under the care of hospice in the preceding year. It is also a pivotal time for friends and family to come and re-connect with hospice staff they know while sharing memories of their loved ones.
This year, the service was held at The Congregational Church in Wolfeboro. The Tides of Harmony Choral Group of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice sang lovely and comforting melodies while the names of those who have passed were read aloud and a candle was lit in their honor.
Staff members took time to talk with families and offer support and comfort while inviting them to enjoy some of the many baked goods provided by generous Hospice Volunteers.
In Laconia, the Service of Remembrance is held every November and also honors those who have passed in the preceding year.
Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse Jennifer Laramie speaks of the service as “A truly moving experience as names are read and loved ones come to light their candles. It is a form of healing while also still mourning. It is one of the many ways we connect with loved ones within our Hospice program”.