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Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst will offer two seven-week general support groups for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants explore their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate this change into their lives.

Sessions run Feb. 5 to March 19, 10 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fisher Home. The program is free, but a phone interview is required for registration. For more information and/or to call for an interview please contact Norma at (413) 549-0115


An eight-week exercise group for those with multiple sclerosis will be held Mondays at The Atkinson Building, 17 Research Drive, Amherst.

The group runs Feb. 5 to March 25. Classes are held from noon to 1 p.m. The program includes stretches and exercises to improve functional mobility skills including balance, sit to stand, bed mobility, walking and stairs. Preregistration is mandatory as space is limited.

For more information or to register for this program, call Debra Ellis, MSPT, NCS, at 413-695-6069 or email synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com,


A new, six-week series of childbirth education classes will be held weekday evenings, to assist working parents-to-be.

Topics include an overview of labor and birth, coping strategies, medications and interventions, baby care and breastfeeding basics, postpartum care and a tour of the Childbirth Center.

A series meeting Wednesdays begins this week; a Tuesday series begins Feb. 26. The cost is $100.To register, visit www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call (888) 554-4234.


Community members are invited to attend “And the Beat Goes On: Tips for Healthy Heart,” Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department physician R.F. Conway, M.D., provides advice about keeping your heart in shape so you can enjoy a longer, healthier life. John Shaw, a certified American Heart Association instructor and retired EMT, will talk about the benefits of learning CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

To register for this free program, visit http://www.cooley-dickinson.org/events.

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