HEARTplay℠ is CareGroup Parmenter’s award-winning children’s bereavement program that uses the creative arts to help children, teens and young adults cope with the illness or death of a loved one. The program is offered to families at no cost. An Expressive Arts Therapist / Licensed Mental Health Counselor meets with families to provide them with tools to support and comfort one another. In addition, Heartplay℠ Workshops meet one Saturday per month. Participants are grouped according to age and grade. There are groups offered for Pre-K and Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, Middle School, High School and college-aged young adults. For more information, please call Jennifer Wiles, Director, at 508-358-3000 ext. 244 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, click here.
For Schedule and Further Information, please visit the HEARTplay℠ Website
Camp Erin® Boston
Camp Erin Boston is a bereavement camp for children and teens aged 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, the three day – two night experience is filled with traditional and fun camp activities along with grief education and emotional support. Camp Erin Boston provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp is offered at no cost to all families. For more information, please visit the Camp Erin Boston website
Adult Bereavement Support
When a life ends, the living are left to grieve. Bereavement support is a key component of Hospice care at CareGroup Parmenter Home Care and Hospice. CareGroup provides compassionate help through periodic support groups, volunteer outreach and monthly mailings. The adult bereavement support program is open to both Hospice families and members of the community who are grieving the loss of someone close. It is led by Andrea Heinlein, Hospice Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator. For more information or to register, you may reach Andrea at email@example.com or 508-358-3000 ext. 249.
Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence
For those for whom it is not possible to spend their last days with loved ones in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, the beautiful Hospice Residence provides a wonderful alternative. The staff at the Residence is superbly qualified to offer care and support to dying patients as well as to surviving family and friends. They strive to help each resident live every day as fully as possible, to protect their dignity, to respect their choices, and to assure a climate of comfort, compassion and companionship for all. The Miriam Boyd Parlin Parlin Hospice Residence has ten private rooms each with a private bath. There are comfortable common areas for family and friends. Family pets are always welcome. The kitchen is a center of activity and the smell of fresh-
baked rolls and cookies reminds everyone of home. For more information: Hospice Residence
Dora Efthim Healing Garden
The beautiful Dora Efthim Healing Garden located adjacent to the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence on Green Way in Wayland is a peaceful place of quiet and reflection. Given in memory of his sister by Weston residents William and Mavis Efthim, the Garden’s design is based on the Native American medicine wheel. The sculpture, Rain Catcher, is at its center. A permanent marker instructs the visitor, and the names engraved in memorial plaques urge us to remember those who have gone before. Each loved one’s name represents a $1,000 Memorial Contribution to support hospice services.
The Healing Garden is open to the public. A beautiful Lights of Remembrance Ceremony is held in the Garden each Fall.
MetroWest Free Medical Program
The MetroWest Free Medical Program was established in Sudbury in 2004 as an outreach program of Congregation Beth El. It is a volunteer-physician led program providing free health care services to the medically underserved in Metrowest. The program expanded to Framingham in 2008 and created a Vision and a Women’s Health program. With over 250 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and more, the MetroWest Free Medical Program serves over 1,000 patients per year with over 1,500 medical visits. For Schedule and More Information, please visit the MetroWest Free Medical Program website.