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Healing Hearts Overdose Death Grief Support Group Virtual Meeting Link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

Virtual Meeting Link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

This small group meets every other week at the Voices of Hope office in Elkton, Maryland. It is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one due to overdose or substance use. Youth and friends are welcome.

Contact Tonya Sanders 443-993-7055 ext 1

Healing Hearts Overdose Death Grief Support Group Virtual Meeting Link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

Virtual Meeting Link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

This small group meets every other week at the Voices of Hope office in Elkton, Maryland. It is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one due to overdose or substance use. Youth and friends are welcome.

Contact Tonya Sanders 443-993-7055 ext 1

Healing Hearts Overdose Death Grief Support Group Virtual https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

Virtual Meeting Link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3358356704?status=success

This small group meets every other week at the Voices of Hope office in Elkton, Maryland. It is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one due to overdose or substance use. Youth and friends are welcome.

Contact Tonya Sanders 443-993-7055 ext 1

Cecil County Overdose Candlelight Vigil 2019

Voices of Hope and Healing Hearts will host a candlelight vigil service on International Overdose Awareness day, August 31, 2019. This is the 6th annual gathering of families and loved ones at the Gilbert Lighthouse Pavilion at the North East Community Park. From 6:30 pm until sunset, families are encouraged to attend and decorate a luminary for free. There will be crafts for children to create and take home. Rob Robinson will play an acoustic set that will accompany the river backdrop. There will be speakers and an opportunity for to share about the life of their loved one, if so moved.

Jourdan Creations is offering T-shirts for $20 that include your loved one’s name and photo for this event. This is not a fundraiser. Please call (410) 920-3290 to order.

Healing Hearts is an Overdose Death Grief Support Group held at the Voices of Hope office at 224 E. Main St. in Elkton every other Wednesday. The next meeting is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Cecil County lost 57 people in 2018 to overdose. We have had led the state with the most amount of overdoses per capita for the past several years, behind Baltimore City. Voices of Hope strives to end overdose deaths. We advocate for the dignity and respect for families who are struggling with addiction and those who lost the fight in Cecil County.

5th Annual Overdose Vigil and Awareness Day

Voices of Hope joined forces with Youth Empowerment Source (YES), Maryland Coalition of Families and local churches to host a day of activities for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2018.  A Prayer Breakfast was held at Wesley United Methodist Church to start the day.  Members of the church and the Paris Foundation served a breakfast donated by Chik Fil A.  After breakfast, members of the community offered prayers out loud for the families and loved ones of those lost and for those who still suffer.

After breakfast, a Memorial Wall was constructed outside the old County Courthouse.  Names that had been emailed to YES were placed on the wall.  Others were added by friends and family as the event was carried out.  There were crafts for children, drinks and snacks while people shared about the lives of those lost.  Marc Butler, from Ashley Addiction Treatment, brought donuts to share with the group.  Dr. Alan McCarthy, the County Executive, and Judge Will Davis, stopped in to pay their respects.  Family members and friends braved the rain to express their grief for those whose lives were cut short by overdose.

In the evening, a candlelight vigil was held at the North East Community Park.  Attendees were invited to design a luminary for their loved one and to speak about their life and loss.  Josh, from an Elkton area recovery house, donated his talent and played music throughout the event.  Jim Kamahachi from St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church, gave the closing prayer as storms were approaching.  A huge fire on Route 40 kept many from getting to the event on time or at all.  Nonetheless, respectful space and condolences were expressed for those lost.

Thank you to the many Voices of Hope volunteers that made this day possible.  Their service to those who grieve and for those who have passed made this event possible.  Thank you to YES who gave extra attention to this issue that impacts too many of the youth they serve.  We are also grateful for the Christians from many organizations who participated, even when this has not effected them personally.  Thank you for your compassion and active involvement.  You make the new culture of Cecil County.