The exuberant blooming roses in our Labyrinth Garden formed a perfect backdrop for our Annual Remembrance Service, on Saturday, May 21. People of all ages came to honor and remember their loved ones and to be with others who are also experiencing loss. While the attendees were mostly families of those we had cared for through Collabria Hospice, the event was open to the community at large and all were welcome to participate.

The service began with a Welcome and Invocation followed by a Volunteer offering. The assembled group was then invited to write thoughts, prayers, and names of the departed on strips of blue purple and pink ribbons, which subsequently fluttered in the morning breeze as they adorned the garden.

“The hospice team was my scaffolding that supported me throughout the illness of my husband and subsequent grieving I experienced,” said one mourner. “Without them, I don’t know how I would’ve managed and continued on with my life.”

The Annual Day of Remembrance is part of the Bereavement Services offered by Collabria Hospice. Other services include the “Learning to Live with Loss” series, which is offered regularly both in Napa and in Saint Helena. It is an eight-week group session for any adult who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. This professionally facilitated group focuses on education and support.

Our “Coping with Grief during the Holidays” workshop is offered in English and Spanish at Up-Valley locations as well as at our Napa facility. This is a one-evening session, which is particularly helpful for those who are facing their first Holiday Season without their loved one.

We also offer on-going drop-in grief support weekly, on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 at our Napa location.

For full details of our Grief Support programs, please visit collabriacare.org or call 707-258-9080.