MERRIMACK — Home Health and Hospice Care of Merrimack recently received a major grant from The Friends of Aine Foundation to benefit the agency’s child bereavement program.

Trustees of the foundation, along with Christine and David Phillips and their daughter, Bella, presented a $25,000 check to Home Health and Hospice Care to help with its bereavement support groups for children.
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The Phillips family established The Friends of Aine Foundation after a rare pulmonary disease suddenly took their oldest daughter, Aine, at the age of 8.

“It is incredibly inspiring to see how Christine and David have so positively channeled their sorrow into helping others,” said John Getts, CEO and president of HHHC.
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The Phillips have organized two summer “try-athlon” events for children at the Bedford High School, raising money to help support the HHHC Good Grief Program that Bella attended after experiencing the loss of her sister.
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Since that time, Bella and her friends have created a large dragonfly mural that hangs in the bereavement area of the organization’s 7 Administrative Park Drive facility. Visitors are encouraged to choose a paper dragonfly, write the name of a lost loved one on it and place it on the pond mural.
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“We are deeply grateful to them for this very generous grant, which we will use to expand our program and outreach,” Getts said of the $25,000 donation.

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