Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Mind & Body

Bereavement Support

SudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, at the Bennington Free Library. The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For further information, call 802-441-5562 or email sudsspirit.vt@gmail.com.

BAVNAH Seeking Volunteers for Hospice Care Program

The Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice starts up its fall course for hospice volunteer training on Tuesday, September 13. This nine-week course will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights at SVMC’s Seminar Room, and is free and open to the public. Hospice volunteers provide support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The volunteer training will include an introduction to hospice and palliative care, education on death, dying and grief, and the development of communication and support skills. For more information, call Mary Pleasant at 802-442-0540. Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, September 6.

Guided Meditation for Women Offered for Pain Management

Guided meditation for pain management for women with disabilities, their allies, friends and caregivers, will be presented by VCIL staff on Wednesday, August 31, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street. Meditation has been clinically proven to help manage chronic pain. The group will practice meditation techniques and talk about the experience. If you have knowledge or practice with using meditation or mindfulness for pain relief/management, please come and share. Wear comfortable clothes. Events are free. These are chemical- and scent-free events. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations, contact Lynn Mazza at 802-442-1876 or lmazza@vcil.org.

Tobacco Cessation Class

A tobacco cessation class starts Monday, August 22, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., at Equinox Terrace, 324 Equinox Terrace Road, Manchester Center. The class is free and runs for four weeks; drop-in participants are welcome. Kathy Dockum, a Blueprint for Health Regional Team member and tobacco treatment specialist, will facilitate the class. “Sometimes all it takes is information and a group with other participants that share the same problems to hold yourself accountable to get back on the path to a healthier, more-fulfilling lifestyle. I look forward to helping you find that path,” stated Dockum. Registration is not required, but appreciated. Call Kathy at 802-440-4098  or Victoria at 802-824-4200.

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