The public is invited to come to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. for a program titled Solace, Hospice & Other End of Life Comforts. Admission is free.

Rob Gabe, hospice volunteer and president of the Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers board of directors, will discuss Coastal Family Hospice, which provides volunteer support to Kno-Wal-Lin's Hospice patients in Knox and Lincoln counties and at the new Sussman Hospice House in Rockport. Founded in 1979, it exists because a core of people in this community believed that the dying deserve companionship, their caregivers deserve respite, and no one should die alone.

Lauren Armstrong, LSW, hospice and palliative care social worker for Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, will talk about the services offered in its hospice and palliative care program, shed some light on the differences between palliative care and hospice care and when and how to start those services. She also will show slides of the Sussman House and briefly discuss what the new hospice house expected to open in September will have to offer.

Interspersed throughout the evening will be songs by the local choral group Solace. Solace is a community-based volunteer chorus that brings the gift of song to those who are in passage. They offer songs of comfort and peace at the bedside of the seriously ill and the dying. Members of Solace are available to sing in private homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes and hospice settings. They offer a wide choice of songs that are suitable for many different musical tastes, spiritual preferences and physical needs.

This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. It will take place in the Friends Community Room on the lower level. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours’ notice by calling the library at 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or