*****NOTICE: ALL in-person NVNA SUPPORTS GROUPS CANCELLED out of an abundance of caution. We are still here for you. Some support groups are being held virtually. Please contact the individual group facilitator for details.*************
As part of our charitable mission, NVNA and Hospice offers wellness and public health services to neighbors in our community.
Our South Shore programs include support groups, disease-specific education, blood pressure clinics, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.
Please contact group facilitators directly.
Bereavement Support Groups:
A telephone screening is necessary for enrollment for support groups. For your safety we are providing phone screenings phone/virtual groups and virtual/phone individual grief counseling sessions. While all of our NVNA SUPPORTS groups are unable to meet in person for safety right now, our team continues to support our community. Our bereavement support groups continue to “meet” virtually. In-Person Grief Counseling now offered via phone/zoom or masked outdoors.
Coping Skills for Grief and Loss During the Pandemic
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in joining a future Zoom session of this program.
This workshop will provide stress reduction exercises that we hope will help you process the grief and loss you may feel during the pandemic. We will share only a little bit about your loss and grief during this workshop, with the main focus being on learning different ways to cope and process some of what you have been experiencing. Participants can expect to be guided through breathing and grounding exercises followed by a moment of silence and encouraged journaling.
Some, but not all, participants have not had the opportunity to say “goodbye” due to restrictions at the height of the pandemic. Some may have had a loss before the pandemic but are finding coping harder as the circumstances compound their grief. Each individual’s circumstances are unique, and we will allow for that uniqueness while also recognizing the universal experience we are all going through. We hope that those who complete this workshop will be able to continue to use exercises they learned to continue into the next phase of their grief.
Group Facilitators – Karen Gore, LICSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Counselor email@example.com
Rev. Jaqueline Dyer, PhD, LICSW, Doctorate of Social Work Associate Director at Simmons School of Social Work
Recent Loss Group (1–6 months)
Making Meaning (4–6+ months)
8 session series for any loss. Open to all South Shore residents who have suffered a loss within the past year (not limited to families of NVNA and Hospice patients).
Groups start in February 2021.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups (Virtual)
Daytime – Wednesday Afternoons 2-3:30pm
Evening – First & Third Monday of each month
Please contact email@example.com to register.
2021 Healing Grief Series
Please join us the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. for an hour of Healing Grief.
Harp & Healing
JANUARY 27, 2021
Join Certified Therapeutic Harpist and Mindfulness Teacher Nicole Anderson for an hour of deep healing through music. The therapy harp is a unique and effective tool that will help you through your journey of coping with stress, loss, and hurt. The hour will begin with harp-guided breath work and visualizations, and end with a soothing relaxation session aided by the peaceful sounds of the music.
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
This workshop will introduce you to Reiki. Reiki is a practice used to create balance. Participants will learn eight simple hand placements and precepts for self-care. Workshop facilitator, Paula Nesoff, M.S.W. Reiki Master Professional Practitioner, has provided Reiki services as a volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and with various Hospice organizations to patients and their families. She has also joined NVNA and Hospice as a meditation and Reiki volunteer.
Mindfulness & Healing Grief –Riding the Waves of Grief
MARCH 31, 2021
Grief comes in waves. If you are finding it difficult to ride these waves, then consider joining Karen Gore, LICSW, Bereavement Coordinator for this workshop. You don’t need to talk about your loss during this workshop–you will be learning exercises to help you cope with your waves of grief.
For individuals dealing with a specific diagnosis and their caregivers:
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Groups
Marshfield – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Village at Proprietor’s Green, 10 Village Green Way, Marshfield, MA
Norwell – Presently, this group is only meeting virtually through Zoom every other Thursday afternoon. Please contact facilitator Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the virtual group.
Plymouth – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at NVNA and Hospice in Pinehills, One Village Green North, Suite 123, Plymouth, MA
Marshfield and Norwell Facilitator: Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT email@example.com
Plymouth Facilitator: Meaghan Groves, CDP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes Support Group
The Diabetes Support Group meets the first Monday of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell. Open to all South Shore residents, the group includes both people with diabetes and caregivers.
Diabetes Group Leaders – Claire Kennedy, RD CKennedy@nvna.org and Virginia Lavin, RN.
Brain Aneurysm Support Group
Meets the second Wednesday of the month (no meeting in July and August) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA. Open free to South Shore residents, the group provides patients, survivors and family members with educational tools and emotional support. The goal of support group meetings is to help alleviate fears and concerns through education and group discussions. Discussion topics include the origin of brain aneurysms and AVMs, treatment and prognosis, recovery, and coping with the “new” you. Trained clinicians facilitate the group.
Brain Aneurysm Group Facilitator – Bernadette Ward, PT, CDP BWard@nvna.org
Cancer Support Groups
- Oncology Support Group
Beginning in April 2021, meets Tuesdays from 5pm – 6pm via Zoom. This group is facilitated by a licensed social worker and welcomes any person with a current cancer diagnosis who is seeking support and resources for their journey. If interested, please contact Beth Spaulding, LICSW at email@example.com or call (781) 659-2342 ext. 284.
- Melanoma Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oncology Men’s Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW email@example.com
**Please contact the facilitator of the group directly regarding information prior to attending***
Caregivers – Chronic or Life-Limiting Diagnosis
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell
Group Facilitator – Beth Spaulding, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkinson’s Support Group
We run our Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group in partnership with 110 Fitness. This support group is open to the entire Parkinson’s community. If you know someone who is a caregiver and they aren’t involved with 110 Fitness, please invite them and let them know there’s a place waiting for them with open arms.
Group meets via Zoom every other Thursday afternoon; please contact facilitator Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT for information by emailing email@example.com.
Wellness – Tai Chi & Yoga Classes
As part of our mission to support community wellness, we offer free tai chi classes & yoga to people facing serious illness, survivors and their caregivers.
To sign up or request more information, please contact Amy Smith at 781-659-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher: Linda Menard, y4c trained
For individuals coping with a loss
Bereavement Coordinator – We are here to support our neighbors facing grief. Our bereavement coordinator can meet with you for in-person counseling and suggest a group that best meets your individual needs. We also host an annual remembrance ceremony for our staff and bereaved families to celebrate loved ones.
All Bereavement services REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Please contact Karen Gore, LICSW at email@example.com to for more information.
Our team believes in lifelong learning. We extend that knowledge to our community by offering classes. For more information please contact Anne-Marie Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Program
An evidence-based program taught by certified clinicians and professionals designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Offered weekly over an eight (8) week period; designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have sustained falls in the past
- Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
- Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve