A Program for Grieving Children & Teen Announces Spring 2008 Programs
March 21, 2008
A Program for Grieving Children & Teens will hold one ten-week session beginning, Tuesday, April 8th in Auburn and two eight-week sessions, one in Mexico beginning Wednesday, April 9th and one in Farmington beginning April 10th. The programs provide support for children and teenagers, ages 3 to 18 years, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, relative, or friend.
Founded in 1998, A Program for Grieving Children & Teens is sponsored by St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, and Franklin Community Health Network and serves families from Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford and northern Cumberland counties at no charge. The weekly meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings at the St. Philips Church on Route 4 in Auburn, Wednesday evenings at Meroby Elementary School on Cross Street in Mexico, and Thursday evenings at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
Children meet weekly in groups for age appropriate activities, games, art and other forms of self-expression. Adults meet at the same time to support one another and discuss ways to best meet their families' needs. Groups are led by volunteers who have completed a 27-hour training.
To enroll in the program, a parent or adult support person should accompany a child or teen. Grandparents are also encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is required so families can meet with program volunteers before the session begins.
In addition to sessions during the year, the Program offers educational resources to the community and one-day workshops.
For more information about the program or to pre-register contact Joan Spitzform, Bereavement Assistant, at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412, ext. 1460.
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