Community to come together to remember loved ones lost and memories found
Salisbury, Md. – April 30, 2019 – Coastal Hospice will host its first Dorchester County Community Memorial Gathering on Friday May 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Choptank River Lighthouse (100 High Street) in Cambridge. Free and open to the public, the purpose of the gathering is to provide a personal moment to remember, reflect and offer gratitude to those who have died. “The Gathering is a very special time for Coastal Hospice staff, our bereaved families, and the entire Dorchester County community,” said Alane Capen, President of Coastal Hospice. “Each time we host a Gathering, participants tell us they are a ‘lifeline’ that helps improve their ability to cope on their grief journey. We are pleased to be able to expand this program into Dorchester County and look forward to hosting anyone in the community who might benefit.”
Everyone is invited to either bring their own sea shells, or Coastal Hospice will have shells available. Attendees will be asked to write their loved one’s names on the shells and following a brief time of reflection will return the shells to the Choptank River. Coastal Hospice staff will be present to offer support and general information about the organization to anyone interested in learning more about the services offered.
Coastal Hospice recently opened its first office in Dorchester County in order to better serve the area. Located at 2 Aurora Street in Cambridge, the location offers services, community group meetings and information to anyone who needs, or is caring for someone who needs or is in hospice care.
In addition to this one in Dorchester County, Coastal Hospice hosts several gatherings annually in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties. Each is free to the public and participants do not need to have had a loved one served by hospice. For dates and information please call 410-742-8732 or www.CoastalHospice.org.
Do You Know Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care?
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a non-profit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but do not want to be defined by them, and instead want to remain as active and engaged as possible during the final chapters of their lives.
Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their own homes, as well as in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake and soon at the new Stansell House in Ocean Pines. While known for end of life care, the organization also provides “palliative” care which treats the symptoms and relieve the pain of a terminal illness or injury so that patients can enjoy the time remaining, often for as long as six months or a year. Learn more about Coastal Hospice at www.coastalhospice.org and follow on Facebook and Instagram.