In addition to our Drew’s Hope program for children, teens and their families (more information under the Drew’s Hope tab), we offer five different adult grief support groups. Our adult groups meet at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center, 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA. Due to Covid-19, we do require that grief support participants wear masks at our in-person meetings if they are not vaccinated. We will distance as much as possible. To be added to our group email list in order to receive meeting information (and in case a last minute meeting change is necessary), please contact the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation at [email protected] or 717-532-8922.
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Bereaved Spouse Support Group – 1st Thursday- 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for bereaved individuals who are grieving the death of a spouse. We plan to meet the 1st Thursday of Oct./Nov./Dec. to get an idea of the needs of interested participants. As we see the composition of the group, we might try to develop more specific groups in 2022 (ie. bereaved spouses with school age children, bereaved older adults, etc.). But, we’d like to come together first as a diverse group to see how we can best meet the needs of grieving spouses. *If you need childcare, we need you to register for the group so that we can have volunteers on hand to provide children’s activities during the adult meeting time.
GriefKnits Support Group -2nd Thursday of each month – 7:00-8:30 p.m. – 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 too! If you’re a griever who already knows how to knit/crochet, bring your current project with you or bring another craft project! Not crafty? That’s okay too. You are welcome to gather with us for conversation and fellowship. All materials are provided by the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation.
Healing Together Support Group – 3rd Thursday of each month in Shippensburg. 7-8:30 p.m. This education/discussion-based group is for any adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Bereaved Parents Support Group – 4th Thursday- 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for parents/guardians who are grieving the death of a child of any age -infant through adult.
“The Perfect Blend” – Coffee, crafting and community group – This group meets every Wed. morning from 10:00 a.m.- noon at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center. Gather with fellow grievers to work on any crafty projects you wish to bring. We have adult coloring books and puzzles for those who do not have their own craft projects. (*from time to time, we might even have a group craft project). Coffee/tea provided. Bring a snack to share if you want to!
*Contact the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation at 532-8922 or [email protected] for more information. Pre-registration for all groups is requested so that our facilitators know how many people to expect and can contact you if the group is cancelled due to weather or any other reason.
The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation offers a grief and loss lending library for community use. The library contains books, pamphlets, DVDs and other resources related to grief, death and dying. Please click on the links below for our grief and loss library listing.
Grief and Loss Lending Library (complete listing)
Grief and Loss Lending Library (divided by topic with descriptions)
The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation is pleased to provide a listing of all local grief support groups, camps and resources for your review. We will strive to keep this list as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible. If you or a local organization that you know of is hosting a grief-related support group, camp or resource which is open to the community, please contact the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation at (717) 532-8922 or [email protected] and we will be happy to add the information to this listing.
Marcie Taylor, of the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the WITF Children and Grief Forum on June 23, 2014. She also participated in a panel discussion with other local children’s grief experts. The video links are found below. Additionally, Drew’s Hope facilitator, Allie Mahon, a local school guidance counselor represented the DMTF on a Smart Talk radio program on June 18, 2014. The radio show link is provided here.
The DMTF Center for Grieving Families is located at 946 Ashton Dr., Shippensburg, PA 17257. Grief workshops and support programs are held at this location.