events

“Just One” Lunch Bunch for Bereaved Spouses

March 22, 2024

If you hate hearing the restaurant host greet you with the question, “Just one?” with THAT tone (you know the one we’re talking about), then this monthly lunch group might be for you!  We welcome all grieving spouses to join us at various local restaurants throughout the area once a month so you can enjoy food and fellowship with other bereaved widows and widowers that “get it”.  Together, we’ll find healing and hope on the difficult grief journey.

The April 2024 lunch date is April 26 at 11:30 at Main Street Family Diner, Wayne Heights Mall, 1543 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA.  Please RSVP by Thurs., April 25 so we can reserve enough seats.  Attendees are expected to pay for their own meal.

GriefKnits grief support group

April 11, 2024

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.  *as a special treat, a crochet instructor will be joining us Dec. – March to teach us how to crochet a dishcloth.  Materials will be provided unless you want to purchase/pick your own yarn color.  If that’s the case, let us know and we’ll let you know the materials you need.

The Kintsugi Project teen grief workshop

April 14, 2024 Event flyer

The Kintsugi Project is a free grief workshop for teens (recommended for approximately age 13 and older), who are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one.  it will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA.  In this workshop, participants will learn about the Japanese kintsugi tradition of transforming broken dishes into works of art by repairing the damage with gold glue.  Each participant will have the opportunity to both break and reform a dish that represents them and their loss.  This is a highly experiential workshop that helps grievers to feel the enormity of their loss in a safe space where they can then think about how the pieces of their lives might go back together.  This is both an individual and group experience, as each person’s dish and resulting art, will have commonalities and differences that participants will have the opportunity to discuss with the group is they desire to do so.  Pre-registration is required by contacting Bethany at 717-532-8922 or [email protected].

The Perfect Blend: Coffee, Crafting & Conversation

April 17, 2024

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.

Healing Together Grief Support Group

April 18, 2024

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.

Building Birdhouses children’s grief workshop

April 21, 2024 Event flyer

Building Birdhouses is a free children’s grief workshop, recommended for children ages 5-13 (with an adult caregiver staying at the workshop with the child).  It will take place on Sunday, April 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg.  The workshop is based on the children’s book, “Rudi’s Pond” by Eve Bunting.  In this story, a girl and her classmates remember a friend/fellow classmate who died.  As the children discuss how they are going to remember their friend, the girl reflects on a hummingbird feeder that the two of them had made together.  This spurs the idea to create a special pond where they can go to see nature and remember their friend.  Creating special memorials for our loved ones can be both fun and healing, as it allows us to remember and connect with those that are no longer physically present with us.  In this workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to build and decorate their own wooden birdhouse to take home and enjoy.

Bereaved Parents Support Group

April 25, 2024

The Bereaved Parents Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.(*although in November, the meeting combines with our Healing Together group since Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday) 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

May 2, 2024

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 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, 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 – request your tickets now!

June 2, 2024 Blue Butterfly Ball flyer

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 5th annual Blue Butterfly Ball will take place on Sun. June 2, 2024, from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage Farm 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] to reserve your tickets for this special annual event (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.

Tee Off for Drew 2024

August 5, 2024 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. 5, 2024.  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!

Drew’s Hope Fall 2024 In-person program – Session 1 of 7

September 1, 2024 Drew's Hope informational flyer

Drew’s Hope is a 7 session grief support program for children/teens 18 and under and their families that meets each Fall and Winter/Spring on the campus of Shippensburg University.  Dinner is served, followed by separate support groups for children, teens and adults.  More information, and an informational video, can be found under the Drew’s Hope tab.  Pre-registration is required for this program.  A list of our adult grief support groups can be found under the Grief Support and Events tabs. *we do not have exact days for our Fall semester, but will begin registering families in late August/early September of 2024.