On Grief and Gratitude

Greetings FCT community,

Much has transpired at FCT (and in the world!) since my last note to you. Back in May 2020 the board of directors and I committed to remaining an online cancer resource for the entire state of Massachusetts. We made a specific commitment to reaching out to communities of color and more geographically remote communities in MA. I’m happy to report that we have made connections with a number of organizations that we might not have otherwise been able to serve. A sample of the organizations that we’ve connected with include: Harbour Health, a medical and behavioral health organization serving Dorchester, Hyannis, Plymouth, Mattapan, and Brockton; and Eliot Community Human Services, a community-based organization serving Everett, Concord, Lynn, and Danvers. Please help us spread the word by sharing FCT’s website with friends, family, and colleagues!

Moving out of 410 Washington Street has brought up many memories and warm thoughts about the home FCT had at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church. While I’m sad to leave the physical space on Washington Street, I’m also excited and eager to move forward in expanding FCT’s reach throughout Massachusetts. I’d like to thank the wonderful community at BACC, including David Harris, Rich Stroshane, and Arthur Downey, Jr. Each one of them has played a special role in supporting our community of hope. Many thanks!

Going forward, FCT’s new mailing address will be:
Facing Cancer Together
P.O. Box 61000863 Lincoln Street
Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Lastly, I’d like to remind everyone of our 2020 Holiday Closure schedule. Although many of us are home and not commuting to Brighton, FCT will continue to honor the holidays listed here. We will be sure to post our 2021 schedule in early December.

As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions, and reflections.

With gratitude,
Angela Epshtein, Executive Director

On Grief

It’s a wonderful honor for us to announce that Facing Cancer Together will host an online book talk on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7 pm with author and FCT clinician, Claire Willis.

Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace is an invitation to be with your grief in all its depths and to find your unique way to peace, balance, and acceptance. This deeply moving book encourages you to begin wherever you are and to offer yourself kindness at a time of losses and suffering. Open to any page and you’ll find comfort and inspiration, as well as profound practices anchored in mindfulness and meditation. Chapters describe how art and writing and spending time in nature offer paths to healing, and how we help each other when we act generously and create beloved communities. The essential message of Opening to Grief is that grief and love are intertwined.

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so please sign up early by emailing Isabel Pinto at ipinto@facing-cancer.org. Isabel will provide a Zoom link to the meeting.

On Gratitude

2020 has challenged all of us in ways that we could not have imagined this time last year. For FCT, the immediate challenge in 2020 was to transition all of our programming to an online platform at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud and grateful to the FCT staff for their hard work and commitment to shifting to an online modality, it was no small task and they handled it with grace and patience. FCT also faced the formidable challenge of creating and maintaining financial stability during a time where uncertainty and fear permeates our collective experience. It’s with tremendous gratitude that I thank all of our donors and supporters. I’d like to particularly thank the following organizations and businesses for their financial support:

  • Cambridge Savings Bank
  • Charlesview COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
  • Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger & Charlesview Charitable Fund
  • The Vertex Companies

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