Calvert Hospice News Briefs

Calvert Hospice’s 26th Annual Festival of Trees a Grand Success

Calvert Hospice is pleased to announce that the 2014 Festival of Trees raised more than $75,000 to support the organization’s programs and services to include the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, bereavement programs for adults and children as well as the We Honor Veterans program. The festival was visited by 3500 attendees and featured 63 stunningly decorated trees, vendors, model trains, a hospice boutique, Santa’s Workshop and numerous musical, choral and dance groups.

The event would not be possible without the many volunteers that give of their time and talent to ensure the success of such a large scale event, “We rely on community volunteers every step of the way.” said Calvert Hospice Executive Director Brenda Laughhunn. “Whether a committee member, a tree decorator, a vendor, one of our Santas or a clean-up crew member we would not be able to do this without them and we are forever grateful.”

Calvert Hospice to Host Bridges Grief Support Program for Children and Teens

Calvert Hospice will offer its Bridges grief support group for children, teens and adult family members who are grieving the death of a loved one beginning Thursday, February 12, 2015. The FREE 7 session support group will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (Education Building) located at 90 Church Street in Prince Frederick.

Bridges is open to all Calvert County children and teens ages 6 to 17 dealing with the loss of a loved one. Children and teens are divided into age appropriate peer groups where creative activities and discussions are used to assist with coping and healing. Adult family members will meet at the same time to learn about the similarities and differences between child and adult grief as well as gain knowledge and skills to help support their child.

Pre-Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert [at]

Calvert Hospice Call for Volunteers for Winter Volunteer Training

Volunteers are the heart of hospice in Calvert County. Calvert Hospice volunteers help care for patients, support families, comfort the bereaved, assist with office work, provide community outreach and support special events/fundraisers. Regardless of the type of volunteerism you may be interested in, everyone must go through training. Our next Volunteer training dates are as follows: (You must attend all three days)

-- Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.

-- Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.

-- Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Training takes place at the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. For more info contact Anne Stavely at 410.535.0892, astavely [at] or visit

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