The loss of a loved one is always hard. In the last year, with all the changes with the pandemic and not being allowed into hospitals or other health care facilities to see loved ones and how funerals are being done have made the traditional process of end of life and grief even more challenging and complex.  

The loss of a loved one, that grief is never really something you 'get over,' but you learn to live but with the grief. That is why the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area are essential to support people and families in the ongoing process of grief. 

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is still offering its support services, including grief support and training to help others in the hospice and grief process. They also support individuals and families moving through the grief process, including a "Writing Through Grief" workshop where different writing methods help you work through and navigate grief and the benefits of keeping a journal. There will be writing prompts; they will talk about books on grief and loss, and simply connecting with others that are experiencing grief. Any level of participation is welcome; even if you just want to listen…you are welcome.  

Could you or someone you know and love benefit from any of these services or classes? Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is having the "Writing Through Grief" workshop on Zoom on April 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Find out more about Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area programs and services at HVWA.org.

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