Movies & More Workshop Series for Grieving Teens

October 7, 2018 Event flyer

We welcome grieving teens to join us as we present:   Movies & More Part I – A Workshop Series for Grieving Teens based on popular movie clips.  Come to one or all sessions to watch and discuss grief themes found in popular movies and to discover healthy ways to process your grief.  Snacks will be provided.

The program will meet every other Sunday from Oct. 7 – Nov. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the DMTF Center for Grieving Families, 7 S. Earl St., Shippensburg, PA.  Pre-registration is required by contacting the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or

Our Family Tree grief workshop

October 14, 2018 Event flyer

Grieving children and families are invited to join the DMTF for Our Family Tree – a free, creative grief workshop.  We welcome children (recommended age 4-12) and their caregivers for a time of exploring family connections and learning how families can support one another in times of grief.  We will create a variety of tree-themed projects.  Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Contact the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or  by Thurs. Oct. 12.  *Funding for this workshop is provided through a grant from the Arts for All Partnership, a partnership between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Let’s Talk About Pets: Dying, Death & Grief

October 15, 2018 Event flyer

Join us on Monday, Oct. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the DMTF Center for Grieving Families, 7 S. Earl St, Shippensburg, PA for a special presentation by Dr. Amanda Mosich, Mountain View Veterinary Services & Marcie Taylor, Drew Michael Taylor Foundation.  This informational presentation will cover issues related to senior pet care, end-of-life decisions and the death of a beloved pet and the grief that accompanies it.  This conversation is geared toward adults, however information regarding grief issues for children related to the death of a pet will also be discussed.  There will be time for questions and answers following the presentation.  The Let’s Talk About series is funded, in part, thanks to a grant from Partnership for Better Health, Carlisle, PA.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary, by contacting the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or 

Blue Butterfly Ball

November 10, 2018 Event flyer with ticket info.

Many people are familiar with Daddy/Daughter dances or Mother/Daughter teas, but since relationship-specific events can be major grief triggers for grieving families,  we wanted to offer a different event, one where families of all shapes and sizes are welcomed.  So, here it is!  The Blue Butterfly Ball will take place on Sat. Nov. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr., Chambersburg, PA.  See the event flyer for more details.  Contact the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or for tickets.  Special thanks to Mike Kalathas of The Orchards and Donovan Yaukey and Casey Bender at Phantom Shadow Entertainment for their generosity in giving their time/talents to make this event possible!

Children’s Grief Awareness Day

November 15, 2018

Wear BLUE to show your support for grieving kids on Nov. 15, 2018!  Children’s Grief Awareness Day (CGAD) is always held the 3rd Thurs. of November.  It began as an initiative of Highmark Caring Place in Lemoyne, PA and is now supported by grief centers/programs around the world, including the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation.  More information about CGAD is available on the website. **If you as an individual or a group of people (friends, classmates, colleagues, office, etc.) wear BLUE, send a picture to and we’ll post it to our Drew Michael Taylor Foundation Facebook page throughout the day!  Show your support for grieving kids!