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Programs for the grieving

Hospice of Franklin County is offering two free holiday programs for those who are grieving.

A Holiday Memorial Candle Decorating Workshop will be offered Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bernardston Senior Center, and Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace in Turners Falls. To register, call (413) 774-2400 by Nov. 26.

Grieving Through the Holidays, a three-part bereavement support group, will meet Dec. 10 and 17 and Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Hospice of Franklin County offices in Greenfield. A brief phone interview is required for participation. To register, call (413) 774-2400 by Nov. 30.

Hips and knees

A program about hip and knee pain and treatment will be held Dec. 6, 10 to 11 a.m., in the Mannheim Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Taught by Anne Ridabock, R.N., of the Joint Replacement Center, the session includes information on the common causes of hip and knee pain, as well as treatment, including conservative, alternative and surgical options.

The event is free. Visit www.cooleydickinson.org to register.

New doctor joins group

Dr. Seth Kupferschmid has joined Amherst Medical Associates at 100 University Drive in Amherst.

Kupferschmid has spent the past eight years caring for patients in Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a member of the hospital-based physician team. An internist with more than fifteen years’ experience, he received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Prior to joining Cooley Dickinson’s hospitalist program, Kupferschmid was a primary care physician at a community health center in Springfield.

Kupferschmid replaces Dr. Richard Wu, internal medicine physician, who is now seeing patients at Deerfield Internal Medicine. Dr. Denise Spence remains at the Amherst Medical Associates location.

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