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MIT Sloan students and staff step outside the classroom to help at kids’ grief camp.

Camp Erin program pairs children who have experienced loss with adult volunteers.

Parmenter names staff excellence award winner.

The Parmenter Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Joan S. Batchelder Staff Excellence Award – Jennifer Wiles, director of Camp Erin Boston and HEART play, an award-winning children and teen bereavement program.



Parmenter’s second annual Hoedown for Children’s Bereavement a huge success

A fun crowd of cowboys and cowgirls filled Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, which was beautifully decorated with lights, cornstalks and mums on a gorgeous fall evening.


Unforgettable weekend at Parmenter's Camp Erin

It was an unforgettable weekend for campers and their buddies at Parmenter’s second annual Camp Erin Boston, a children’s bereavement camp held Aug. 15 to 17 at Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury.

Parmenter receives grant for bereavement programs

The Foundation for MetroWest ( recently gave a $1,000 grant to Parmenter Community Health Care ( for their Teen Grief Support Program. This award was based on the recommendation of students in the foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy Program.


An unexpected gift at Parmenter hospice

When Candace Hetzner and her brother moved their 90-year-old father Philip from Florida to the Boston area early this winter, their thoughts were to find better health care and to be closer to him. After a short stay at Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), it was clear their father wasn’t going to get better. It was time to "quit X-raying and poking him, and time to just take care of him." Hospice was suggested. Candace had done considerable research on nursing home facilities in the area but hadn’t considered the need for hospice care. They realized "they couldn’t care for him at home" and needed to make a new plan.


Parmenter celebrates 60 years of service

Parmenter celebrates 60 years of service to the Metrowest community at the 2014 Finale event with special focus on The Parlin House Hospice Residence.  To watch the video of the Finale event click here.



Boston doctor stresses end-of-life planning

Dr. Lachlan Forrow has an uncomfortable proposition. He wants you to think about your own death. He wants you to do it for your own good. End-of-life planning is essential, even for the young and healthy, says Forrow, director of palliative care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Forrow is among a group of advocates pushing for better end-of-life planning across Massachusetts. “The problem is we are not, as a commonwealth, really making sure that people know what they want the end of their life to be,” he said. Pondering one’s death makes for an uncomfortable conversation-starter, Farrow acknowledged, but “unless we talk about it earlier and more often, we will never become comfortable talking about it,” he said. Forrow and others will share that message at forum today at Regis College in Weston.



HBO to air special on Parmenter's bereavement camp

A unique program that helps children cope with the loss of someone close to them will be featured in a documentary on HBO on Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m. “One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp” will feature Camp Erin Boston, a childhood bereavement camp run in partnership with Parmenter and The Moyer Foundation.





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