Circle of Friends for the Dying actively promotes events that give people the opportunity to explore their feelings about death—such as our monthly Circle of Friends Death Cafés—and to learn about the various issues pertaining to dying, like preparing your end-of-life directives or taking advantage of hospice when the time comes. We also sponsor events to celebrate life, such as “Circlestock”, a concert and dance party. Our inaugural event was held last year at Colony in Woodstock and pictured here.

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Not Alone: Sharing our Hearts, Our Grief

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sharing our Hearts, Our Grief

A remote support group for adults affected by COVID-19

This support group is for adults who have had a loss due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sharing one’s grief with others with a similar traumatic loss can open pathway to healing.

Co-facilitated by Elise Lark, PhD, LCSW & Rev. Robin Lane, LCSW


Five Fridays: noon to 1:30 pm

Dates: July 31, and August 7, 14, 21, 28


Grief is a natural response to a significant loss. How we experience an illness and dying process will influence how we grieve.
The unprecedented circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic can complicate grief.
Conditions family and friends encounter are enforced quarantine and constrained capacity to communicate with and visit loved ones; pronounced feelings of uncertainty and helplessness; prolonged hospitalizations; and sustained distress and anticipatory grief.
Suggested donation: $0 to $125 for the series. Kindly discern what you can afford.
Donations can be made online at All funds go toward opening Circle Home.


For more info and to register, contact: Robin at or Elise at The group will be limited to 10 participants. Please register early.
Elise Lark, PhD, LCSW is the founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD) and the forthcoming Circle Home, in Kingston, NY. She is a clinical social worker at the HeathAlliance Hospital Oncology Support Program and a member of the Palliative Care Team. She has a private practice in Woodstock and Olivebridge.
Rev. Robin Lane, LCSW is an ordained Interfaith/InterSpiritual Minister and a Clinical Social Worker, and has worked as a hospice chaplain and in the field of women’s heath. She recently retired as Dean in the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, but continues to serve as Supervisor and Spiritual Counselor in their One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling Program. She has a private practice in Woodstock, NY.


July 31
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm