Merrimack Valley Hospice Offers Free Grief Support for a Substance Related Loss


Lawrence – Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering a free support group for those who are coping with the loss of a loved one due to drugs, alcohol or other substance. This specialized support group, facilitated by counselors Lois Marra and Nancy Thornton, is designed to help participants learn about the unique features of this type of grief and the profound, complex emotions involved. Participants will share their experience and learn from each other in an environment of support, understanding and compassion. Sessions are tailored to meet the group’s needs and will help participants understand and process their emotions so they can begin healing.

Cosponsored by HL Farmer & Sons Aftercare Program, this ongoing group will begin on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Griffin-White conference room at Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave in Haverhill, MA. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact Lois at 978-552-4537.

Merrimack Valley Hospice is a not-for-profit agency providing comfort care and supportive services to patients nearing the end of life, and bereavement services to their families and loved ones. Together with Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc., the agencies provide a full continuum of home health and hospice care in more than 110 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Merrimack Valley Hospice also serves the Southern Maine region as York Hospital Hospice.

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