Merrimack Valley Hospice Invites the Public to Remember Together on December 8


Lawrence, Mass. – While each individual’s grief journey is unique, it can be comforting to be among others who have also experienced great sorrow.

On Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m., Merrimack Valley Hospice invites the public to its annual Candles of Remembrance ceremony via Zoom (Meeting ID 979 0309 8768; Passcode 742116). A virtual candle memorial wall will be displayed, and a gift of any amount will honor a loved one’s memory with an inscription in the 2021 Tribute Book. In addition, participants at home will be invited to light a candle as a symbol of light, warmth, hope, celebration and support for one another.

According to Susan Toleos, counseling services manager for spiritual and bereavement care at Home Health Foundation, the event is designed for anyone who has suffered a loss – whether recent or in years past.

“We are entering the darkest and coldest season of the year, and yet our courage, our love, our memories, our hope and even our grief provide us with light and warmth,” Susan said. “By participating in this ceremony, you are creating a positive ritual that bestows your loss with powerful meaning and generates healing that aids us in our grief journey.”

Tribute gifts help Merrimack Valley Hospice continue to deliver compassionate comfort care to patients on the journey to life’s end, regardless of their ability to pay, as well as free bereavement services to any member of the community.

For more information, visit, call (978) 552-4188 or email

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. For more information, visit

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