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Franklin VNA & Hospice hosting grief support group

FRANKLIN — Franklin VNA & Hospice will be hosting a grief support group on six Monday evenings, from April 21 through June 2, skipping Memorial Day, May 26.

The purpose of this group is to offer grieving individuals a caring environment in which to discuss their loss and grief among people who can empathize with their emotions. The session will be facilitated by Rev. Scott Secrest, Hospice Chaplain, Rebecca Herr, Hospice Volunteer and Judy Merriam, Hospice Volunteer.

According to Rev. Secrest, "Grief is the greatest pain in life. You cannot get over it, get under it, or get around it. The only way out of it is to go through it. When we experience the death of someone close to us, it is natural and very normal to grieve our loss. Grief lasts longer than most people expect and people who are grieving may need more support than family and friends can provide. It is the goal of Franklin VNA's grief support program to help those who are experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one to understand their feelings and to work through them in a safe and supportive environment."

"One of the most important factors in healing from loss is the support of other people. Even people who are usually reticent about their emotions need to share them when grieving" said Rev Secrest.

A grief support group, Secrest said, "can help the bereaved share their grief and loss, which makes the burden easier to carry. People who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel very alone and isolated. Sharing their sorrow with others who have experienced a similar loss can help. A grief support group provides a safe place for people to face their feelings and express them, knowing that the other people in the group will listen and understand because they, too, are struggling with the same emotions. "

The sessions will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. and will be held at the VNA office on 75 Chestnut St, Franklin.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call Beth at 934-3454.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

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PSU Student Showcase of Excellence is April 25

PLYMOUTH — Dozens of Plymouth State University students will present projects during a special event celebrating research. The Student Showcase of Excellence, scheduled for Friday, April 25 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the University's Hartman Union Building, involves students from many academic disciplines presenting poster displays, demonstrations, and live events.

Thad Gulbrandsen, PSU Vice Provost for Research and Engagement, says the event highlights student research and creative project in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts. "Through this work, students are contributing to new understanding of our world, even as they prepare themselves for their future careers," he said. "This is a great chance for parents, alumni, local residents and any other members of the PSU community to see that scholarly excellence is alive and well at Plymouth State University."

Some of the projects are offered in connection with the National Institute for Health's IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant to increase opportunities for faculty and student research.

Past research topics have included studies of toxins, wildlife, agriculture, music, dance, literature and history. Student projects will come from most of the University's more than 20 academic departments, representing almost 50 academic disinclines.

The Showcase is free and open to the public. For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:58

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CPR class in Alton on April 30

ALTON — The Alton Fire Rescue department will be holding a CPR Class on Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the West Alton Fire Station.

For more information or to register call 875-0222.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:50

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Winni Players holding auditions for semi-annual Playwriting Festival

MEREDITH— The Winni Players, the community theater wing of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, will be holding auditions on Sunday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. for their semi-annual Playwriting Festival.

Last Fall, local teens and adults were hard at work crafting their own original short plays as part of a Playwriting Workshop. The results of their efforts will be performed on May 31 and June 1 at the outdoor amphitheatre on the Playhouse’s Meredith Campus.

Each of the plays will be directed by a local adult with experience in community theatre. There are roles available for adults, teens and a few kids. Anyone wishing to audition need only attend one of the scheduled audition sessions. To read the plays and see the cast breakdowns, visit www.winniplayhouse.org/auditions.html. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:47

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