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CW Hospice invites community to ‘Grief and Remembrance’ gathering in Casper’s Healing Park at Conwell

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Central Wyoming Hospice is inviting people to a community wide “Grief and Remembrance” gathering which will be held from 4-6 pm Wednesday, May 19.

The gathering will take place in Casper’s Healing Park at Conwell, across from the Wyoming Medical Center along East Second Street.

“Our community has experienced much grief and loss over the last year, including that which was caused by the pandemic,” Central Wyoming Hospice says. “In addition to deaths from all causes, isolation from
loved ones, uncertainty over the future, and the inability to gather and mourn all result in forms of grief that most of us have experienced.”

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People are invited to tie a “Ribbon of Remembrance” during the gathering. There will also be people speaking about their journey, including:

  • Casper Mayor Steve Freel
  • Casper-Natrona County Health Department Director Anna Kinder
  • Community member Peggy Whitaker
  • Central Wyoming Hospice Grief Care Coordinator Todd von Gunten

The speeches will begin at 4:30 pm.

“We’ll be gathering by the Gazebo, come when you can and stay as long as you like,” Central Wyoming Hospice said. “This event is presented by Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions and sponsored by AARP.”

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.