The public is encouraged to take part in three upcoming events being hosted by Home Hospice of Grayson County and its Hope Center.

The public is encouraged to take part in three upcoming events being hosted by Home Hospice of Grayson County and its Hope Center.


Memorial services honoring the memory of loved ones through song, writings and a balloon release are scheduled twice this month. The first service will be from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Muenster State Bank, 1601 U.S. Hwy. 82 in Gainesville. The second service will be from 6 p.m. unti 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Home Hospice of Grayson County office, 505 West Center, in Sherman.


The memorial service is held quarterly for bereaved family members, volunteers, staff and anyone in the public who wishes to participate. Names of those people to be remembered will be read and balloons will be released in their memory. The event is open to all persons regardless of whether they had a loved one on Home Hospice services.


"Please join us as we celebrate the lives of those with whom you have walked — your loved ones, family and friends. if you like, you may bring a favorite picture or memento of your loved one to display," says Jolene Senek, LBSW, CT,GC-C, the Home Hospice bereavement coordinator.


On Jan. 16 from 5:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the Hope Center will host a "Purely Social Potluck" event at the Home Hospice office in Sherman. Attendees will have dinner and watch the movie "UP."


"We would love for the community to join us for an evening of good food, good company and an ‘UP’ lifting movie that is sure to make everyone smile," says Senek.


There is no fee to attend the event, but reservations in advance are required so that the Hope Center can adequately prepare for the event. Call or email in an RSVP by Jan. 10 — 903-868-9315 or jolene.senek@homehospice.org.


The Hope Center is a community outreach program in accordance with the mission of Home Hospice of Grayson County. Home Hospice is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982. It is dedicated top roviding education, programs, services and care to palliate physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms at end-of-life for patients, families and caregivers, regardless of ability to pay, as well as to all in the community who grieve.