Bereavement Center Opens Its Doors
NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement officially opened the doors of its new bereavement center to clients June 4, marking the first time in 25 years that Solano County’s only free bereavement service has been housed under one roof. The space is being provided by Al and Patt Shaw, longtime hospice program supporters.
“We’re thrilled by the opportunity to use this beautiful space,” says Chris Root, executive director of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.
Furniture arrived as late as Friday, June 1, and plenty of loose ends still needed tying up, reported Veronica Wertz, NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement volunteer coordinator. Still, spirits were high for staff, volunteers and clients alike. The cheerful suite offers plenty of light and space and comfortable places to sit and talk. There are conference rooms for private sessions and meetings, and a large space for big groups. An art room offers storage space for supplies and a place to spread out and create projects.
“Speaking of art, plans include wall displays of the photography of Dr. Terrell VanAken, medical director for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement,” says Veronica. “The pieces haven’t come in yet, and there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s exciting to see it all coming together.”
A suicide survivors group was the first bereavement support group scheduled at the facility – located in Suite 220 at 1411 Oliver Road in Fairfield.
All services are free and available to the public, although donations are always appreciated, says Chris. The program relies on donations and the fund-raising success of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. An open house has been set for August.