The Perfect Blend: Coffee, Crafting & Conversation is a unique grief support group for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one (recent loss or years ago). The group meets every Wed. morning from 10 a.m. – noon at our Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. Participants bring their own craft projects (or use our supplies) and while they craft, they talk about grief or everything but grief. It’s a unique way to connect with fellow grievers in a positive, healing way. We are seeking to create relationships that extend beyond the group in order to support and sustain us at difficult times in our grief journey. For more information, contact the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or [email protected] *RSVPs are requested when attending this group so we know how many chairs to set up and so we can notify participants if the group is cancelled for any reason.
The grief journey is very difficult, but having the support and encouragement of other grievers who “get it” can help. Please join us at this new group for widows and widowers of any age. If you have children, you are welcome to reserve a spot in our children’s activity group that will meet downstairs while the adult group meets upstairs. We require registration for that since we need to have volunteers on hand to ensure child safety. And if childcare is needed for infants/toddlers, we’d like to try to help with that too. Just let us know your needs.
As the group grows, we’ll explore dividing into more loss-specific groups like bereaved spouses with school-age children, older adult grievers, etc. We’d like to explore a daytime option too. But to get started, please join us so that we can see what the needs of the group are and how best to serve you. The group will be co-facilitated by a bereaved spouse. RSVPs are requested to [email protected] or 717-532-8922.
Each year, the Christmas for Causes Holiday Craft and Gift Show is organized by the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation. This event, which will be held this year at Messiah UMC in the Fellowship Hall, 30 S. Penn St., Shippensburg, PA 17257, on Monday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. allows participants to buy unique holiday gifts from great local crafters and other community organizations, while a portion of all proceeds from the event are donated to the local charities that each crafter represents. It’s a great way to shop local and help local charities at the same time! Organizations/causes that will benefit from this year’s event include the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, Messiah UMC Appalachian Service Project, Mary Jane Taylor Elementary Library Fund, St. Andrew’s Community Meals, the Chris Campbell Memorial Scholarship and more.
The GriefKnits Support Group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. Knitting has shown positive mental health benefits for grievers. Come and meet others who are grieving the death of a loved one and learn to knit or bring another craft project to work on. If you’re a griever who already knows how to knit/crochet, bring your current project and gather with us for conversation and fellowship. If you don’t have arts/crafts materials, we have lots of supplies you can use. We provide the knitting supplies for our new knitters too.
Join the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation for a special Remembrance Ornament Making Workshop on Mon., Dec. 12 at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. Drop in any time between 6-8 p.m. to create a special ornament in memory of a beloved family member, friend or pet. Materials are provided. This is a family-friendly event. You are welcome to make an ornament for yourself or make one to gift to someone who is grieving this holiday season. Contact the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or [email protected] for more information.
The Healing Together Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. This education/discussion-based group is for any adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. RSVPs are requested when attending this group so we know how many chairs to set up (email us at [email protected]) and so we can notify participants if the group needs to be cancelled for any reason.
The Bereaved Parents Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.(*although in November, the meeting is cancelled due to Thanksgiving on the same day) for parents/guardians who are grieving the death of a child of any age -infant through adult. This group meets at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. RSVPs are requested when attending this group so we know how many chairs to set up (email us at [email protected]) and so we can contact you if the group is cancelled for any reason.