Merrimack Valley Hospice Offers Free Support in North Andover for Grievers Coping with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day


Lawrence, Mass. – Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering a free series of three workshops for those who are living with loss and anticipating heightened levels of grief and sadness around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day.

A facilitator from Merrimack Valley Hospice’s licensed, credentialed bereavement staff will lead the sessions on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., on May 4, May 25 and June 15 at St. Michael’s Parish, 196 Main St. in North Andover.

According to Susan Toleos, manager of bereavement services and community education for Merrimack Valley Hospice, research has shown that strong support systems result in benefits such as better coping skills, an improved feeling of well-being and reduced depression, anxiety and stress.

“Many holidays, but especially those associated with food, family and celebration, can contain difficult emotional triggers,” Toleos said. “Merrimack Valley Hospice is pleased to provide a sense of community, shared experiences and connection through these workshops to anyone who may be struggling.”

Attendees may register for one, two or all three sessions by calling (978) 552-4510. To learn more, visit

About Merrimack Valley Hospice

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 loved ones. Together with Home Health VNA, the agencies provide a full continuum of home health and hospice care in more than 110 communities throughout northeastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and southern Maine as York Hospital Hospice.

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