VHOCC offering ‘Practical Tools for Living Alone’ workshops

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) is offering a series of four upcoming workshops — in a hybrid of online and in-person — to offer support and practical advice on everyday challenges for those who have lost a loved one or who are preparing to be alone.

’Workshop sessions are held on from 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 29. The entire series is free to the public, but registration is required.

Those attending in person will meet with the workshop facilitator in the conference room located at 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, while others can attend online via Zoom.

Register by calling 360-452-1511 or by emailing to office@vhocc.org.

The workshop series includes:

• Sept. 29 — Home and automotive maintenance

Michael Bucierka is a former licensed general contractor, home inspector and residential maintenance professional. He will share how to perform regular maintenance on a home and automobiles, and what to do when an emergency arises. He also will suggest what maintenance can be done by the homeowner and what’s best left to a professional.

• Oct. 6 — Shopping and cooking for one

Rosalinda Castiglioni is a retired educator, a teaching psychologist and a VHOCC volunteer. She will offer tips for shopping in small quantities, making use of ready-made options, creating varied and nutritional menus and storing and using leftovers.

• Oct. 13 — Household finances

Penney Sanders founded Compass Advocates to provide support and services to the elderly and disabled. Her background in advocacy allows her to understand personal finances and developing a plan for future financial stability. She also has experienced the hospice journey when her husband died in 2020.

• Oct. 20 — Self-care

This session is hosted by Debby Smith and Maggie Bourne-Raiswell. Smith was a registered nurse for 35 years and a hospice volunteer for 26, both in the United States and Canada. She also teaches people how take self-care while facing the challenges of being a caregiver. Bourne-Raiswell is an ordained Episcopal priest who currently serves at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim. She is a grief volunteer for VHOCC and provides spiritual care to hospice clients of any faith tradition or those with none.

For more information about Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, visit VHOCC.org or facebook.com/Volunteerhospiceofclallamcounty, or call 360-452-1511.