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Finishing Touches

Various Dates May - June, 2024

Healing Garden

May 15th, Estate Planning
What are the essential estate planning documents I should have? What happens if I don't have them? Learn about wills, trusts and probate with Elder Law Attorney Denise Yurkofsky. Register here.

May 29th, Medical Decisions
If you are unable to make decisions, how do you plan for care and make your wishes known to relatives and to first responders? What will happen in an emergency? Learn how you can prepare with Wayland Fire Chief Neil McPherson, Firefighter Todd Winner, & Cathleen Summers, RN, ESQ. Register here.

June 5th, Demystifying Hospice
Hospice can be a difficult and scary topic. What exactly is it, and what is it NOT? This panel of hospice professionals and volunteers will discuss how hospice can aid patients, caregivers, friends and loved ones.
Register here.


The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles, and Resources

December 2, 2023

Healing Garden

Join us on for an in-person panel discussion on The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles and Resources.

The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles and Resources panel will help to normalize the caregiver role and share the resources for caregivers and their loved ones in our community.

Saturday, December 2, 2023
10:30 AM
The Goodnow Library
21 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA

Register here!

Grief: A One Man ShitShow

October 3, 2023

Healing Garden

The Parmenter Foundation is proud to host the exclusive Boston area performance of "Grief: A One Man ShitShow,” written and performed by author Colin Campbell. This award-winning, emotional show played in New York and Los Angeles, where it received outstanding reviews.
One night only -- act fast!

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
7:00 PM
The Center for Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street
Natick, MA

Get your tickets here!

Lights of Remembrance

October 18, 2023

Healing Garden

Please join us as we illuminate the Dora Efthim Healing Garden located at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland, MA. You may also purchase a symbolic light to commemorate a loved one at the ceremony.

The ceremony this year is dedicated to Cindy Mayer whose vision of compassionate hospice care led to the opening of the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in 2000.

All proceeds support compassionate hospice care.

Purchase your lights today!

Modern Loss Event

November 2, 2022

Healing Garden

A candid, no-holds-barred discussion with Rebecca Soffer, the author of two books, most recently The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience. Rebecca brings a fresh, warm, and even humor-infused perspective to grief and loss in her aim to normalize how we regard this universal experience. She is also full of practical and creative advice, without platitudes or assurances, on navigating through the grief journey and providing meaningful support to those along the way.

This event was moderated by local grief expert, Ken Barringer, M.A., LMHC, founder of the H.E.A.L.I.N.G. grief support program in Newton, MA.  

Lunch and Learn with MetroWest Nonprofit Network

September 28, 2022
12 -1PM

Healing Garden

Please join us for this very important conversation with Angela Crocker about how we can support each other and our communities through grief and loss and renewal. 

  • How Parmenter works with and provides funding for local nonprofit grantee organizations to support MetroWest families.
  • Explanation of Parmenter's new single-cycle grant application process.
  • Overview of Parmenter's resources available to help adults, children and teens in need of end-of-life and bereavement support.
  • Q & A

Attendance is free, click here to register today!

Friends of The Parmenter Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

This year's annual event was held June 20, 2022

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Thank you to all the players, donors, and sponsors for making this year's Friends of The Parmenter Foundation Golf Tournament a great success.

All proceeds of this independent fundraiser go to supporting children's bereavement summer camps.

Contact Ron Rokes for questions:

Webinar Event: Supporting Your Employees Through the Challenging Grief Process

May 5, 2022

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Attendance is free, register here!

Please join us for a special webinar hosted by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.
Angela Crocker, Executive Director of The Parmenter Foundation, along with grief expert Ken Barringer, mental health counselor and Director of H.E.A.L.I.N.G., will discuss how to best support your employees who are grieving, as well as how to help employees learn how to relate to and support their co-workers who have suffered a loss.

“Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss” with Hope Edelman

Sponsored by HEARTplaySM and The Parmenter Foundation

Live web event held June 24th, 2021

The AfterGrief

In this live web event, Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and her new book The AfterGrief,  talks about how grief evolves and reemerges over time and through life transitions, shaping our thoughts and behaviors, as well as our identities and personal growth. Hope reads excerpts from her book and leads a panel discussion regarding the long-term grieving process, with teens and parents who have experienced a significant loss. The webinar is  hosted by grief expert Jennifer Wiles, Director of renowned MetroWest children’s grief support programs: HEARTplay and Camp Erin® Boston, and the event is moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist, Dave Kartunen, of The Parmenter Foundation.

More info:

Capturing the stories of our Elders -- From Hollywood to our Own Families

Live web event held April 6, 2021
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In this live webinar, Tiffany Woolf, seasoned filmmaker and daughter of Boston legend Bob Woolf, and Noam Dromi, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer, both founders of Silver Screen Studios, will teach you to create a video time capsule to spotlight your loved ones and inspire future generations of your family. More info:

Parmenter Foundation | Silver Screen
Elder Spotlight Contest
Now accepting  submissions! Enter to win a professionally produced legacy video featuring your loved one. More info:

The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles, and Resources

March 3, 2024

Healing Garden

Join us on for an in-person panel discussion on The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles and Resources.

The Caregiver Journey: Ups, Downs, Obstacles and Resources panel will help to normalize the caregiver role and share the resources for caregivers and their loved ones in our community.

Sunday, March 3, 2024
Wayland Free Public Library
5 Concord Road
Wayland, MA

Register here!