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For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2012

Southcoast VNA offers free bereavement programs for grieving adults in May

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, offers free bereavement programs for grieving adults during the month of May:

General Bereavement Groups

General Bereavement Groups are designed for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.

    Tuesday, May 8, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
    Tobey Hospital, library
    43 High Street
    Use main entrance. Library is on first floor.

    Wednesday, May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Southcoast VNA
    244 North Main Street

    Tuesday, May 15, from 4 to 5:15 p.m.
    Southcoast VNA, ground floor
    200 Mill Road
    Use Mill Road entrance.

Widows & Widowers Groups

Windows & Widowers Groups are designed specifically for adults grieving the loss of a spouse.

    Wednesday, May 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Charlton Memorial Hospital, Ground Floor, Room G305
    363 Highland Avenue
    Use Prospect Street parking/entrance at rear of main building.

    Wednesday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Southcoast VNA
    244 North Main Street

Individual, short-term bereavement counseling is also available to adults grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information on individual or group counseling contact 800-698-6877.

About Southcoast VNA

Part of Southcoast Health System, Southcoast VNA is one of the largest not-for-profit, community-based home health and hospice care agencies serving Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. For more than 100 years Southcoast VNA has provided high quality, comprehensive home health and hospice services, which foster improvement and maintenance of health, prevention of disease and disability and compassionate end-of life care.

Southcoast VNA is a Medicare and Medicaid certified agency offering a full range of skilled home health care and hospice and palliative care services from highly trained, screened and credentialed health care professionals. Services are available 24 hours a day, every day.

Southcoast VNA's main office is located at the South Coast Business Center at 200 Mill Road in Fairhaven; with community offices located at 244 North Main Street in Raynham, at 1822 North Main Street, Fall River, and at Linden Tree Family Health Center, 2444 East Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I. For more information about Southcoast VNA call 800-698-6877 or visit

Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876

Joanne Gregory
Director of Community Affairs
Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association
Phone: 508-973-3470
Fax: 508-973-3360

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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