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We at Calvert Hospice were stunned by the incidents that occurred in Connecticut last week. It is particularly painful when the deaths are of innocent children. Those lost included 20 children, whose families are now entering the world of grief and loss, and six more adults, whose families will travel along the same painful path.

Calvert Hospice is uniquely aware of the bereavement process; it is the work we do every day. We have tools that may be helpful to Calvert County families who are in the midst of their own grief. Calvert Hospice provides support for those anticipating or grieving the loss of someone they love. Bereavement support is available without charge to residents of Calvert County. Programs and resources are provided for adults and children coping with grief and loss.

The following are provided on an ongoing basis: Adult Drop-In Support Group (weekly); Time to Heal (eight-session course); Bridges, a grief support group for children and teens ages 3 to 18, as well as the adult members of their families (eight weekly sessions each spring and fall); and Camp Phoenix, a “day” camp for children ages 7 to 15 years of age (three consecutive days each summer). Ongoing educational workshops are also provided by the bereavement staff, such as Holiday Blues, Professional Caregiver Grief and Pet Loss. Seasonal services of remembrance are also provided.

Incidents like those in Connecticut can often open unresolved grief in those who have lost a loved one. We want to extend our support to the grieving families of Calvert County as we continue to serve the community with comfort and compassion.

Brenda Laughhunn, Prince Frederick

The writer is the executive director of Calvert Hospice.