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September 26, 2016

The Garden announces Grief Through Story program, Sunday support groups

September 26, 2016

For immediate release: Feb. 2, 2016


The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens announces two programs:


Grief Through Story
A Grief Through Story workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6-7:30 pm at the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street. The workshop, co-hosted by the Sunderland, Deerfield and Hatfield public libraries, is geared toward adult caregivers and community members who are interested in learning how to initiate gentle conversations with youth about death, dying, and grief.

The purpose of this workshop is to use children’s literature as an effective tool in talking with children about these difficult topics.

Participants will join in a guided conversation about grief and will discover resources in various mediums that can be used to facilitate these important conversations. Family members, friends, and loved ones in the lives of a grieving young person, as well as anyone interested in grief work with children, is invited to attend.

The snow date is Feb. 17, from 6-7:30 pm. This event is free and drop-ins are welcome.

Sunday Support Group for Families Exeriencing Grief
A free suppot group begins Sunday, Feb. 21 for new and returning bereaved families. Families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a close family member are welcome to attend.

Young people meet in small groups and participate in projects, games, and activities meant to facilitate their grieving process; projects are led by trained adult volunteers. Adult family members meet separately with other caregivers to talk about how to support their children, who may or may not outwardly show their grief. Intakes are being scheduled now for new families.

“It was nice to have these two hours each week where we know we could just be ourselves among others,” a Garden participant reported.

The Garden provides bereavement support at no cost to grieving families with young children no matter where, how, or when a death occurred. All groups are held at Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton.

To learn more about either program, and to inquire about the start time of the support group, or to get involved at The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, please call Shelly Bathe Lenn, coordinator of The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, at 413-582-5312.

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