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Fostering a safe space for recovery


International Overdose Awareness Day Program

8th Annual Sunrise Service

Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5:30 a.m.

Peggotty Beach, Scituate

Vigil will take place rain or shine! 

*** Before we begin, please go into your Phone Settings and TURN OFF BLUETOOTH so it does not interfere with our speaker today**

Welcome Annmarie Galvin

Music Birch Swart

Prayer of Invocation Chris Longman

Words of Comfort Psalm 23 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: 

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: 

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness 

for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

  I will fear no evil: 

for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 Thou preparest a table before me 

in the presence of mine enemies: 

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life: 

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Reflection    Sarah Keith

Music   Birch Swart Reflection    Christina Caputo Fenton

Yarn-Tying   Chris Longman

Prayer for a New Dawn, A Litany of Remembrance by Sylvan Kamens & Jack Riemer; led by Natasha

At the rising of the sun and at its going down:  

We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter:    

We remember them.

At the opening of the buds and the rebirth of spring:  

We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer:  

We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn: 

We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends:  

We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength:  

We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart:  We remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share:  We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; 

 for they are now a part of us, as:  we remember them.

Petal Messages Explanation – Mark Mulhern

Closing Blessing

Scattering of Petals

Leading this morning’s service are Chris Longman, pastor of Harbor United Methodist Church and Natasha Stewart, Priest in Charge at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; with Annmarie Galvin of Scituate FACTS and Mark Mulhern of South Shore Peer Recovery; and music offered by Birch Swart.




Grief Support on the South Shore

Always contact the meeting organizer before attending the first meeting.

Hope Floats is a bereavement and educational center for individuals and families who are grieving or facing other life challenges. Their mission is to help people cope with loss, support their healing, and nurture their physical and emotional well-being. There are a variety of groups including support for overdose loss, special groups for siblings, spouses, parents, suicide loss, and more. Please check the website for a complete listing. All support groups are free, but registration is required. Please call 781-936-8068 to register. Hope Floats, 4 Elm Street, Kingston.

Compassionate Friends Meeting

South Shore Chapter meets the 3rd Monday of each month
7:00pm. South Shore Baptist Church, 587 Main Street, Hingham. A sibling support group for 18+ is also offered.

EMMAUS Ministry for Grieving Parents
In the Catholic Franciscan tradition of All are Welcome, the Emmaus Ministry serves the spiritual need of grieving parents whose children of any age have died by any cause; and help interested parents, as well as Clergy, Religious, Diocesan Staff, and /or Spiritual Directors bring this ministry to their own parishes or region.  Offers One- Hour, One- Day and Weekend Spiritual Retreats – all lead by parent companions.

Matthew’s Candle
2nd Thursday of the Month in Plymouth at 385 Court Street, 3rd floor, from 7:00-8:30pm; and 3rd Tuesday of the month in Hanson at Cavalry Baptist Church, 429 Monponsett Street from 6:00-7:30pm.

The Sun Will Rise Foundation
Grief Support After Loss from Addiction meets in various locations including Braintree Town Hall and A New Way Recovery Center in Quincy.  Zoom groups are also offered, including a Men’s Grief Support Meeting twice per month. Please visit website for monthly calendar: Contact parent founder Robyn Houston-Bean for more information:

Scituate residents may use the free Interface Referral Service to connect with an individual mental health provider that is matched for their insurance and counseling need. Please call 888-244-6843Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm.


Overdose prevention training and free confidential Narcan are available through South Shore Peer Recovery right after the service. 

Treatment Navigation, Family, and Recovery Support

Free acupuncture, meditation, peer and family support groups, volunteer opportunities are open to all at the recovery center at 51 Cole Parkway in Scituate Harbor. Now offering free, one-to-one coaching for individuals seeking recovery and family members.

Prevention Coalition

The entire community is invited to get involved in youth substance misuse prevention through a variety of projects focused on providing information, education, support and policy change in the Town of Scituate. Open Coalition Meetings are a great way to get involved. The Friends of Scituate FACTS is seeking fundraising help as they work to ensure sustainability of our prevention efforts in the community. Please contact Margaret Loughlin at to learn more.

Many communities have dedicated coalitions, Please contact Annmarie Galvin if you would like to connect with organizations in your area: