Children’s Art Bereavement Program Slated

Children who participated in the summer children’s art bereavement program made several crafts as they learned methods to cope with the loss of a loved one.

The effects of unresolved grief on children can be devastating. From a child’s perspective, the experience of loss is not only overwhelming emotionally, but affects cognitive functioning as well.

Young children may be unable to recognize or categorize their losses, let alone sort them one from another. They may receive unclear explanations or no information at all about why these losses have occurred.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center will host the Children’s Art Bereavement Program on Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., starting on March 8. This themed program is designed for children (age 6-12) who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death. This program will focus on meeting the individualized needs of grieving children through art and play.

This series also helps children understand their own unique feelings in grief, allows them to come together with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, and provides an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and expressing their feelings and fears about death.

For the adults, a simultaneous group will be provided for the parents or guardians. This group will be educational and supportive in nature.  

Registration for this session is limited. Pre-registration is required and there is a $100.00 fee to help cover the cost of materials and supplies. Limited scholarships are available. Please call Diana Sebzda, Director of Bereavement for more information or to register at 973-948-2282 or email

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Volunteer Training Scheduled for March

HACKETTSTOWN – February 7, 2018. Volunteer training classes for those who are interested in the hospice philosophy of care, who wish to explore the elements of End of Life Care and Bereavement, will be held in March at St. James Episcopal Church on 214 Washington Street in Hackettstown, NJ. Class dates are Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16 and 21 with graduation scheduled for Friday, March 23.

Trained Hospice professionals will teach the various sessions on these topics including: Patient Care, Cancer Concepts, Pain Control and Nutritional Concerns, Family System, Aging, Listening and Communication Skills, Spirituality, Ethics, Death, Dying and Bereavement. Upon completion of the course, participants are Certified Hospice Volunteers and have the option of working in their communities and establishing their own schedules. In addition, they choose what allowable services they are willing to provide for the organization.

Hospice Volunteers are an integral part of an extended support system assisting the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice professional team in caring for terminally-ill patients and their families. They offer companionship and emotional support or provide respite for family caregivers. “There is a definitive need and primary request from caregivers for volunteers to provide assistance during the day,” notes Sue Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator. “Morning and afternoon assistance avail the caregiver the opportunity to run errands, make appointments and simply refuel with a couple of hours to themselves. Ultimately, our purpose is to encourage quality of life in the home for the entire family while providing palliative care for the patient,” concludes Dougherty. For additional details or to register for this training opportunity, please contact Sue Dougherty at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at 973-383-0115 or Click here to register for this training session now.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Sussex and Warren Counties in NJ and Northeast, PA; please call 800-882-1117 to reach any of our services at either office; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is located at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For hospice programs, events, and more information visit or

Toyota World of Newton donates books

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice would like to thank Toyota World of Newton for their recent book donation. Pictured are Ellen Thiessen of Toyota World and Nicole Hammer, Development Associate for the Hospice.
For those wishing to donate books there is a drop box outside of our office located on 99 Sparta Avenue in Newton. The Hospice receives a monetary donation for all books received. For more information please call Jennifer Smith at 973-383-0115.