DOVER-FOXCROFT - Starting this month, Pine Tree Hospice is introducing a series of free once-a-month workshops for adults who are adjusting to new roles following the death of a loved-one. The first series, “Spring Into Summer,” begins on June 21st with “Cooking for One”, a workshop designed to help widows, widowers, or anyone who has lost a life partner, learn new routines and skills for planning and preparing healthy, satisfying meals.
“Learning to plan and prepare meals for one is a common challenge for people who are grieving the death of a spouse or partner. Not only do they need to learn new routines, grief can make cooking and eating alone emotionally challenging,” says Erin Callaway, Team Coordinator for Evergreen, The Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults.
The “Cooking for One” workshop will include a demonstration of preparing an actual recipe, plus practical advice for portioning, stocking up on staples, and how to make efficient but creative use of leftovers and large batches.
The workshop will also include a facilitated discussion group during which participants can share their experiences and feelings. The hope is that the combination of learning new life skills and group interaction will be appealing to people who might not be comfortable with traditional support groups.
Two more “Spring Into Summer” workshops will be held in July and August. Additional workshops will be offered in blocks of three in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Topics for those workshops will be determined later this summer.
“Cooking for One” will be held on Tuesday, June 21st from 11am to 2pm at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information, contact Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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