Holidays grief sessions for death of a loved one, separation or divorce, and care of children start tomorrow

Required registrations are still open for seminars which start tomorrow night for those who are struggling during the upcoming holidays due to the death of a loved one, even years later, or separation or divorce, and for family members and friends who want to learn how to provide appropriate support for those experiencing such traumas.

Allegany Hope will be facilitating GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays and How to Help Grieving Children sessions at The Carter House Ministry Center, which is under the auspices of the United Church of Friendship at 37 East Main Street in the hamlet.

There is a $5 cost for each Surviving the Holidays guide, with no cost for How to Help Grieving Children materials. Childcare is available when arranged in advance.

Children’s grief
Children grieve differently than adults and at different ages, which often is misunderstood by parents and others who work with youngsters through teen years, according to Casey Jones, a long-time GriefShare and DivorceCare facilitator who will lead the sessions with his wife, Anita Baird Jones, a former school principal.

Trauma associated with these situations can impact children and adults for years and can result in adverse behaviors which aren’t recognized by those who are struggling silently.

Registrations for any of the single sessions, shown on the attached flier, are available at or (484) 4325-0503, to include names of all attendees, date and times of the session, email address and telephone number, and whether childcare is desired and for what ages. A return confirmation will be provided.

Additional opportunities
Further information, a short video introduction, and online registration also are available at for GriefShare Surviving the Holidays and for DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays.

A full December schedule is being planned, with potential for expanded 13-week GriefShare and DivorceCare support groups being formed after the first of the year.

Allegany Hope and the United Church of Friendship also are making the Surviving the Holidays sessions available to other churches, libraries, senior centers, schools and additional community venues, with no charge to such organizations, as scheduling permits, with the How to Help Grieving Children component available throughout the year.
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