Grieving child workshops scheduled at Hope’s Place

WATERVILLE – Hope’s Place at Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is sponsoring several workshops for grieving children and their families this summer.
The workshops will be held at Hope’s Place, 304 Main St. Registration is required. Contact Jillian Roy, 207-873-3615, ext. 11, or to register or for more information.
Scheduled workshops are:
Memorial Garden Creations, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22. Memorial gardens can be a beautiful oasis as well as a place to grieve and pay tribute to a loved one and their memory. In the hospice healing garden, participants will have the opportunity to learn about memorial gardens and build a birdbath or design and paint a stepping stone to add to their garden or home. Children and teens will leave with an alyssum flower to plant. Hope’s Place volunteers will guide participants.
What to Expect When your Child or Teen is Grieving, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Accompanying a child or teen through their grief journey can be complicated. When it comes to children and grief, many adults are left wondering “How do I support my child?” and “Is this behavior a normal way of coping?” This open discussion workshop focuses on what to expect and ways to help children and teens cope with grief. Offered to anyone that has a grieving child or teen in their life. The interactive workshop will be led by Hope’s Place consultant and mental health counselor Donnajean Pohlman, LCPC, and Jillian Roy, Hope’s Place coordinator.
Healing through Mosaics, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Expressing feelings and experiences through art can be a powerful tool in healing. This healing arts activity gives children and teens the opportunity to honor a loved one’s memory and helps to express feelings of grief and loss while creating a mosaic memory box or wall hanging. Create a Mosaic will be facilitated by professional glass artist Lucie Boucher (