Bereavement Support Groups Help People Grieve Well

Loss is an inevitable part of life, but no one needs to go through it alone. Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) offers several bereavement support groups to help community members grieve well.

“Clay Mosaics: Exploring Emotions of Grief” is part of the 2016 Art & Bereavement series. This two-part workshop will be led by artist Chris Bowditch and bereavement counselor Deb Dumond and will be held on September 8 and 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at LSRVNA in New London. No prior art experience is necessary.

“People at Work” is a support group specifically for widows and widowers. It meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at LSRVNA. A second “People at Work” group was recently added to the schedule and is held on the third Sunday of every month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Claremont Senior Center.

“Widow to Widow” is another group that allows women to gather in a supportive environment to learn about the grief process. It meets on the first Monday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at LSRVNA.

There is no fee for any of these bereavement groups. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deb Dumond at 526-4077 or

Read More

2016 Summer Fundraiser

A Time To Care

The 2016 Lake Sunapee VNA & Hospice summer fund raiser on September 14th at the Center at Eastman in Grantham - was a fun and successful event, with $30,000 raised to support vital home care and hospice services provided to thousands throughout the Lake Sunapee, Connecticut Valley and Upper Valley region of New Hampshire.

Among the evening’s highlights: “Chefs Delight” showcasing delicious food generously donated by 10 area restaurants; FUND-A-NEED Auction to raise money for essential Staff Education; music by East Bay Jazz Quintet; special video presentation featuring stories from patients and families about the care they have received from LSRVNA. We thank all the wonderful sponsors and donors, as well as the guests who joined us for this special end-of-summer celebration!

Lead Sponsor

  • Sheldon & Betsy Boege

Luminary Sponsors

  • Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation
  • Lake Sunapee Bank
  • Paul & Jan Sahler

"Chefs Delight" Participants

  • Bistro Nouveau, Grantham
  • Bubba’s Bar & Grille, Newbury
  • The Farmer’s Table, Grantham
  • Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London
  • Jane Solomon Catering, Wilmot
  • MacKenna’s Restaurant, New London
  • Marzelli Deli, Newbury
  • Millstone at 74 Main, New London
  • Peter Christian’s Tavern, New London
  • Suna Restaurant, Sunapee

Read More


Join us at the 2016 CORNISH FAIR!

August 19, 20, 21
Cornish (NH) Fairgrounds
Town House Road

  • Animals galore!
  • 4-H Events
  • Dairy Show
  • Flying High Frisbee Dogs
  • Chain Saw Artists
  • Bingo
  • Art Show & Sale
  • Food
  • Midway Rides & Games
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Parade
  • Comedy Juggling

And so much more including:

Free Blood Pressure/Ask-a-Nurse Clinic sponsored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

All 3 fair days from 12:30 - 4:30pm

Visit the Cornish Fair website for complete details.

Read More

Golf Tournament Supports Families Facing Cancer

Sign up now for the Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament to be held Tuesday, July 19, 2016 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Lake Sunapee Country Club (LSCC) in New London. Proceeds benefit the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Palliative Care Program, providing comfort care and supportive services for seriously ill patients and their families.

All LSCC members and non-members are invited to participate in this mixed, male and female team event. Non-members pay $140, which includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a contribution to Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. In addition to a great day of golf, enjoy prizes, a raffle and an auction too. Call 526-6040 ext. 1 to register your own team, or allow the Pro Shop to create a team for you. Your participation will help patients and their families face a cancer diagnosis with dignity and enhanced quality of life.

Read More

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Partners with Connecticut Valley Home Care

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) is pleased to announce that it will assume the operations of the home care and hospice services of Connecticut Valley Home Care (CVHC) located in Newport, NH. “We believe that our singular focus on and expertise in providing home care makes LSRVNA well equipped to administer these services” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO of LSRVNA. We also believe that by growing, we become stronger” continues Culhane.

As the delivery of healthcare continues to evolve, individual providers have continued to become more and more specialized. Change is the only constant and adaptability is the key to long-term strength. Home healthcare represents a unique component of the healthcare continuum. Helping people regain their health at home in a familiar setting, while keeping them out of the hospital as they recover, is more important than ever in this changing healthcare scene. It may also be one of the best opportunities to reduce the cost of care.

“It is vital for the community to understand that this is largely an administrative change. Home care and hospice will continue to be provided in our service area which includes the Lake Sunapee, Upper Valley and Connecticut Valley regions of New Hampshire” explains Jim Culhane, President and CEO of LSRVNA.

To learn more about this partnership, visit our FAQ page.

Read More

Lake Sunapee VNA Celebrates 17th Women’s Luncheon

On May 18, 2016 at Colby-Sawyer College, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice celebrated its 17th annual "Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon", honoring local women and organizations for exceptional community service and raising funds for the agency’s Pediatric Program. Jessica Lahey, Guest Speaker and author of NY Times Best-Selling book, “The Gift of Failure”: How the Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed”, informed and inspired an audience of more than 220.

The luncheon was fun and inspiring under the leadership of event founder, Gail Matthews, and a dedicated committee: Ellen Brownson, Mary Lambert, Abby Peel, Jane Peel, Cathy Raymond, Jan Sahler, Lynn Solomon, Beth Swanson, Tanya Wilkie. Music, including the traditional opening songs performed by the 4 th grade chorus from New London Elementary School, and a beautiful a cappella version of “Over the Rainbow” by Courtney Lauster, senior at Kearsarge Regional High School, added to the festivities.

The highlight of the event were the annual awards. The “Above & Beyond Business Award” was presented to M. J. Harrington & Co. Jewelers of Newport, NH.  Callan Rees, Junior at Mount Royal Academy in Sunapee, was honored with the “High School Student Who Makes A Difference Award”. Charen Urban of Newport was named the prestigious 2016 “Woman Who Makes A Difference”. We thank the many generous sponsors and supporters who once again made the event a great success and extend particular gratitude to our “Star” and Angel” sponsors: Ellie Snyder, Sheridan Danforth, LaValley Building Supply and Mascoma Savings Bank for their exception generosity. Contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526- 4077 for additional information.

Read More