A Rockin’ Dedication for Bereavement Center
A place where those who grieve find comfort and solace became a place of celebration last week, when more than 70 guests gathered to toast to the grand opening of the NorthBay Bereavement Center.
Bryson Roatch, brother of Papa Roach lead singer Jaccoby Shaddix, surprised the group with a sneak peek at a new video called, “Leader of the Broken Hearts,” which features several teenagers who use the NorthBay bereavement service. Bryson also surprised bereavement center benefactors Al and Patt Shaw, with a guitar signed by his brother. The Shaws provided the space for the center at 1411 Oliver Road, Suite 220.
Ezio Lucido, media writer, director and producer of the Papa Roach video (as well as a number of NorthBay videos) offered a toast during the event.
“This place is a symbol that honors all the giving that took place before this day, and all the giving that’s going to take place in the future.”
The center had a soft opening this summer.
Bridgit Strachan, NorthBay Healthcare vice president of professional support services, explained that when her mother died 29 years ago, there were no such services in Solano County. Responding to that need has been her goal. Bereavement services were first offered 25 years ago, but were scattered around the county in available spaces, including at schools and in doctors offices.
Today, the center has a large meeting room with comfortable, white couches, lots of pillows, and big windows that let in natural light.
“When you come, you have a sense of calm that begins the healing process,” said Mayor Harry Price, who, along with Solano County Supervior Mike Reagan, offered proclamations heralding the center’s opening.