Talbot Hospice’s October Support Groups and Volunteer Training

For anyone grieving the death of a loved one, Talbot Hospice can help. Talbot Hospice offers a variety of grief and caregiver support groups that are free of charge and open to the public. All sessions are held at Talbot Hospice, located at 586 Cynwood Drive in Easton, unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register, contact Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org, unless otherwise indicated.
Healing Through Yoga
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 •, 9-10 a.m.
This new complementary therapy guides participants through mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways. Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with grief and honor their loss. Led by Leslie Ornoff, RYT. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walk-ins are welcome.
Pet Loss Support Group
October 3 • 6-7 p.m.
This ongoing monthly support group, hosted by Talbot Hospice and Talbot Humane, is for anyone grieving the death of a beloved pet. Meets every first Thursday of the month. For more information, contact Linda Elzey at lwelzey@gmail.com or call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107.
Caregivers Support Group
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 1-2:15 p.m.
This ongoing weekly support group is for caregivers who are taking care of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Meets every Thursday at 1 p.m.
Advance Healthcare Planning
October 8 • 11 a.m.
Talbot Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advance healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Offered every second Tuesday of the month.
Healing After a Traumatic Loss
October 8 • 6:30-8 p.m.
This ongoing monthly support group is specifically for anyone impacted by a traumatic death, including accident, overdose, suicide, or homicide. Meets the second Tuesday of every month.
Child Loss Support Group
October 16 • 6:30 p.m.
This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone grieving the death of a child of any age. Sessions are held the third Wednesday of each month. This month’s group will meet at Blue Crab Coffee, located at 102 South Freemont Street in St. Michaels.
Monthly Grief Support Group
October 22 • 5-6:30 p.m.
This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of whether or not they were served by Talbot Hospice. Meets every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Talbot Hospice Volunteer Training

Talbot Hospice will hold its bi-annual Volunteer Training the evenings of October 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28. If anyone is interested in giving back to the community in a meaningful way, consider becoming a Talbot Hospice volunteer. Love to cook or garden? Maybe someone plays a musical instrument? Companion volunteers visit patients in their homes and in facilities, make check-in phone calls, shop for groceries, and transport patients to appointments and on errands. Talbot Hospice needs individuals to help cook breakfast and dinner, especially weekends. Other roles include musicians, greeters, Hospice House caregivers (especially weekends), and gardeners.

Topics covered during training include hospice purpose and philosophy, volunteer roles, spirituality at end of life, death and dying, listening skills and boundaries, family dynamics, cultural diversity, and grief.

For anyone who has been looking for a passion and a calling and would like to learn more about volunteering at Talbot Hospice, contact Ginni Blackiston, Director of Volunteer Services, at gblackiston@talbothospice.org or 410-822-6681, or visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer.

Founded in 1981, Talbot Hospice is the premier resource for hospice, palliative care, and grief support services in Talbot County and is the 2019 Talbot Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Nonprofit.

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