events

Healing Together Grief Support Group

May 19, 2022

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 Perfect Blend: Coffee, Crafting & Conversation

May 25, 2022

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.

Bereaved Parents Support Group

May 26, 2022

The Bereaved Parents Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.(*although in November, we’re moving to the 4th Tues. to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving) 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.

Bereaved Spouse Support Group

June 2, 2022

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.

Blue Butterfly Ball

June 5, 2022

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 want to offer a different event, one where grieving families of all shapes and sizes are welcomed.  So, here it is!  The 3rd annual Blue Butterfly Ball will take place on Sun. June 5, 2022, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Restored, Newburg, PA.  This is an event for all grieving families (like a family prom!) where you can dress up as fancy as you want to, get crafty at our crown/tiara-making station, enjoy family-friendly food and dance the night away.  Contact the DMTF at 717-532-8922 or [email protected] for ticket information (tickets are available for free for grieving families, but we welcome donations to help cover the cost of this event).  Special thanks to Mark & Karlen Williams at Heritage Restored for making this event possible.

A Path To Peace – Workshop for Grieving Youth

June 7, 2022

This in-person workshop, which will take place at the new Drew’s Hope Grief Center (946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg) on Tues., June 7 from 6-8 p.m., is recommended for grieving youth, ages 11 – 18.  It utilizes video clips from Disney Pixar’s animated movie, “Up,” as a springboard for discussion about difficult grief emotions. Participants will explore healthy ways to process these emotions and create finger labyrinths to take home for personal use.  Pre-registration is required for this workshop by emailing Bethany at [email protected] We prefer RSVPs at least one week prior to the workshop.

GriefKnits grief support group

June 9, 2022

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.  

Substance Death Grief Support Group

June 13, 2022

The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation is collaborating with Leah’s Legacy to offer a grief support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one due to addiction and other substance-related circumstances.  Meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Leah’s Legacy in Greencastle, PA.  RSVPs are required by contacting Mike Straley at [email protected] or 717-552-8885.  (*Leah’s Legacy is a non-profit founded in loving memory of Leah Straley, who died on Valentine’s Day, 2018 from a fentanyl overdose.  The non-profit, founded by Leah’s parents Mike and Robin Straley, provides necessities, cheer and love to women in a sober living environment.  Learn more at http://www.leahslegacy.net)

Invisible String children’s grief workshop

June 14, 2022

Grieving children are invited to join us at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, as we read the story of The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. Using a piece of invisible string as a euphemism for love, this story helps to show that you’re never truly alone, even when your loved one isn’t physically present. To register contact Bethany at [email protected] by June 10.

GriefReads Book Discussion – adult session

June 15, 2022
Grievers and non-grievers are invited to join us at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, to discuss the enchanting novel, Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. While the recommended reading level for this book is ages 8-12, it is an incredibly insightful book for adults too. Our facilitators have read it multiple times and are struck by the power of this tale.
The event is free but space is limited. RSVP to Bethany at [email protected] or leave a message at (717) 532-8922 by June 10 if you’re interested in attending. Please leave your name, contact info. and what session you would like to attend.
We have copies of the book to loan upon request.  It is also available through the online Cumberland County Library System – Libby.
Description on back of book:
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees-or think she sees-in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.
All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.
One night she ventures into the darkness of NIGHTINGALE WOOD. What she finds there will change her whole world…

GriefReads Book Discussion group – adult session

June 16, 2022
Grievers and non-grievers are invited to join us at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, to discuss the enchanting novel, Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. While the recommended reading level for this book is ages 8-12, it is an incredibly insightful book for adults too. Our facilitators have read it multiple times and are struck by the power of this tale.
The event is free but space is limited. RSVP to Bethany at [email protected] or leave a message at (717) 532-8922 by June 10 if you’re interested in attending. Please leave your name, contact info. and what session you would like to attend.
We have copies of the book to loan upon request.  It is also available through the online Cumberland County Library System – Libby.
Description on back of book:
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees-or think she sees-in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.
All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.
One night she ventures into the darkness of NIGHTINGALE WOOD. What she finds there will change her whole world…

GriefReads Book Discussion Group – family session

June 20, 2022
Grievers and non-grievers are invited to join us at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, to discuss the enchanting novel, Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. While the recommended reading level for this book is ages 8-12, it is an incredibly insightful book for adults too. Our facilitators have read it multiple times and are struck by the power of this tale.
The event is free but space is limited. RSVP to Bethany at [email protected] or leave a message at (717) 532-8922 by June 10 if you’re interested in attending. Please leave your name, contact info. and what session you would like to attend.
We have copies of the book to loan upon request.  It is also available through the online Cumberland County Library System – Libby.
Description on back of book:
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees-or think she sees-in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.
All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.
One night she ventures into the darkness of NIGHTINGALE WOOD. What she finds there will change her whole world…

GriefReads Book Discussion Group – family session

June 24, 2022
Grievers and non-grievers are invited to join us at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, to discuss the enchanting novel, Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. While the recommended reading level for this book is ages 8-12, it is an incredibly insightful book for adults too. Our facilitators have read it multiple times and are struck by the power of this tale.
The event is free but space is limited. RSVP to Bethany at [email protected] or leave a message at (717) 532-8922 by June 10 if you’re interested in attending. Please leave your name, contact info. and what session you would like to attend.
We have copies of the book to loan upon request.  It is also available through the online Cumberland County Library System – Libby.
Description on back of book:
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees-or think she sees-in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.
All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.
One night she ventures into the darkness of NIGHTINGALE WOOD. What she finds there will change her whole world…

Tee Off for Drew 2022

August 1, 2022 Download registration flyer here.

The Tee Off for Drew golf tournament to benefit the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation takes place the first Monday in August each year at the Chambersburg Country Club in Chambersburg, PA.  This year’s date is Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.  The four person scramble event begins at 8:30 a.m. and consists of donuts/coffee, cart snacks/beverages, and a lunch following the round.  The cost is $90 per golfer.  We extend a special thanks to Kyner’s Auto Sales in Chambersburg for sponsoring this event.

Print out a registration form and mail it with your check to DMTF, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA 17257.  If you prefer to pay by credit card, contact the DMTF and they’ll guide you through the the Paypal process.  This event sells out each year, so submit your registration ASAP!