PENQUIS - Pine Tree Hospice invites those with a passion for helping children to attend the next bereavement facilitator training, which starts August 22. During this training, participants will learn about the stages of grieving, the differences in the ways that children and adults grieve, and how to successfully facilitate a group.
There is a growing awareness that support groups are an appropriate and effective way to help bereaved people of all ages heal. Because they offer a safe place for people to do the work of mourning, support groups encourage members to reconcile their losses and go on to find continued meaning in life and living. Attending a group facilitated by skilled leaders often brings comfort and understanding beyond many peopleís expectations.
Why be an Evergreen volunteer? I have to say, I am involved with a lot in the Dover Community. That never minimizes the rewards I get from Wednesday nights of service for children. I walk away feeling the sense of accomplishment in the faces of the children attending. We laugh, ponder, draw, color, play games and just feel safe in a setting geared for sharing your feelings. I have that feel good feeling of being there for someone who needs the service. The rewards carry over to us too as facilitators. Why do I participate? Itís a place I can be a part of that gives to me as much as I give to the program.
The training will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 9, as well as Saturday, August 27 and Sunday afternoon, August 28. If you have any questions, or would like an application, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346. Applications can also be downloaded online at www.pinetreehospice.org.
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