All Care Hospice held its annual Service of Remembrance for all families and friends who have lost their loved ones. The service provided them with another opportunity to honor them and say good-bye, and for families to reconnect with All Care staff and share their thoughts and stories old and new. The service was held at All Care's rooftop deck from 5 :00-7:00 p.m. The evening started with a welcome by Trish Crean Bereavement Coordinator and Shawn Potter All Care's President and CEO. All Care hosts this event to help families mourn their loss in a supportive welcoming environment. The service included poems, singing and candle lighting. For the first time All Care welcomed a three-child chorus from Saint Mary's of Beverly. During the ceremony, guests acknowledged those they have lost. This part of the service was touching and created a comfortable environment for our guests to connect with one another and the All Care family.

balloonTo end the service all the guests were given a balloon with the opportunity to write a name or meaningful message. After a poem reading by All Care's Deb Amato, the balloons were released together. Seeing 50 white balloons travel together into the horizon was a remarkable sight. 'The dispensing of the balloons symbolizes the releasing of the pain and suffering we all feel when we lose someone' said Crean. The crowd was full of cheerful voices, tears of joy and smiles. Refreshments and drinks were served after the balloon release as the picture perfect sunset was in the horizon. For more information on bereavement services or All Care services please visit www.allcare.org or email tcrean@allcare.og


Founded in 1911, All Care VNA is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified agency offering services of nurses, home health aides, specialists in geriatrics, oncology, diabetes, physical, occupational, and speech therapies as well as palliative care. All Care Hospice provides the highest quality medical and emotional care for those with life-limiting illnesses, as well as respite care, spiritual support, and bereavement counseling for families. All Care also offers All Care Resources, our private pay division for flexible in-home services. All Care employs nearly 600 people between its
Lynn headquarters. For more information please call 1-800-287-2454