Thursday, July 22, 2010

The beautiful warm smile...

The posts here are often lighthearted and breezy, like cotton candy on a summer's day on the Vineyard.

But just a few weeks ago, one summer's day on the island turned tragic... and on this past Monday evening, an entire community gathered.  And we were there.

First, about Dina - click here and here.  A young mother on vacation with her husband and two young daughters, Dina rode her bicycle just a few paces behind her family.  It was one of those moments you remember, riding with your family in a beautiful place and on a beautiful day.  But now her children, ages 10 and 7, and husband, John, will remember that moment as the one that changed their lives forever.  Dina lost control, it is reported, and fell off her bicycle.  She was struck by a passing tractor-trailer and killed.

This past Monday, VNA Hospice Care (more information here) held a memorial service and community grief support program in remembrance of Dina.  VNA Hospice Care's David Quemere helped coordinate the service and our organization has provided support from social workers, nurses and chaplains, both that evening and on an ongoing basis.  We're continuing to offer ongoing support to those grieving.  For more information, please call us at 781-569-2888.

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