Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Welcomes Volunteers, Offers Grief Programs to Community

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care trained eight new volunteers during its recent volunteer training workshops. Patient-family care, patient care unit support, grounds-keeping, veterans to visit and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients, and special projects are among the many available assignments awaiting these new volunteers. The new volunteers are: Michael Blackwood, Sylvia Dula, Carly Gragg (VolunTEEN), Elaine Guyton, Margie Hilton, Dean McGhinnis, Sydney Propst (VolunTEEN), and Maggie Wilson.

Caldwell Hospice has an ongoing need for volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Akins will match volunteers’ skills with the organization’s needs. For information about the program or to inquire about the next adult volunteer training, call 828.754.0101 or email The next Adult Volunteer Training sessions will be October 14 and 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center on Pine Mountain Road in Hudson. Attendance is required at each session, and meals will be provided.

The organization is also providing the following programs for those experiencing grief:

  • Grief is a natural reaction to the death of people who matter to us. It can be exhausting and overwhelming but there is help available. Grief and its many facets will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming workshop by Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. Finding Your Way Through Grief will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 16, at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir. This presentation provides an overview of the grief process, common responses to grief and suggestions for self-care. The workshop is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one regardless of how long ago. Individuals in the community who would like to learn more about grief are also welcome to attend. Facilitated by Chaplain John Robbins, MDiv, BCCC.  To enroll in this limited seating educational event, please RSVP by calling 828.754.0101, emailing, or visiting or Facebook.
  • All your hopes, dreams, and plans for the future are turned upside down with the death of a child. At first, you may feel numb or dazed and have a sense of disbelief. Then, waves of varying emotions hit. Healing Hearts, a six-week support group for any parent who has experienced the loss of a son or daughter of any age, will meet on Wednesdays, September 18 through October 23, 2019, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Avenue, Lenoir. Chaplain John Robbins, MDiv, BCCC, will facilitate the support group.
  • How do you help someone who is grieving? What do you say? What should you not say? An upcoming community workshop from Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care answers those and other questions with practical guidance on providing support and encouragement to a grieving person. I Just Want to Help will be presented from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, October 7, at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir, NC. Caldwell Hospice Chaplain John Robbins, MDiv, BCCC, will facilitate the workshop.
  • Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is offering four Crafting Your Way through Grief sessions beginning October 22, 2019. The crafters will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, October 22 through November 12, at Caldwell Hospice’s Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Avenue, Lenoir. Creative endeavors following a loss can help the grieving express their grief. Expressing the personal experience of loss through meaningful activities is a therapeutic way of remembering someone lost. The Crafting Your Way through Grief Support Group provides an opportunity for creative expression and healing. A new craft will be created at each meeting with crafting materials supplied by Ashewood Grief and Counseling at no cost to participants. Discussion about the grief process and bereavement services available will be incorporated at each session.  The sessions are facilitated by Bereavement Coordinator Kimberly Setzer, MSW, LCSW.

Caldwell Hospice, your community-based, non-profit hospice care provider, is committed to providing bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. Just as with our hospice services, we meet people where they are and walk with them on their journey in their own time, in their own way. As such, this workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community.

Information courtesy of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care