Upcoming Programs & Events

Holiday Hope (Family)

Day: Saturday
Date: December 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST
Location: Mourning Hope Grief Center

Holiday Hope is a program intended to support the bereaved during the often-difficult holiday season. To foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, local artists will partner with youth and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. A separate group for adult caregivers will be offered as well.

Youth Support (ages 4-18)

Youth will come together for a holiday memory workshop to develop and grow through creative expression and critical thinking.

Adult Support (18+)

Adult caregivers will meet in a separate space for a peer-support session, including tips on how to cope with the holiday season.

Please note: Holiday Hope is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Snacks and supplies will be provided. This Holiday Hope program is not suitable for children under age 4.


Holiday Hope (Adult)

Day: Monday
Dates: December 5
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom

Holiday Hope is a peer-based support group designed to help adults cope with the holiday season. Come together (via Zoom) with other bereaved adults who have experienced the death of someone significant to discuss tips and provide support for one another.

Please note: Holiday Hope is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. This Holiday Hope program is for adults ages 19+.


The Spirit of Giving

Day: Thursday
Dates: December 8
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: First-Plymouth Church | 2000 D Street

When a parent or guardian has died, how does a child find the means to purchase and wrap a gift for their surviving caregiver? Many of the youth at Mourning Hope want to put a smile on their loved one’s face, and this event gives children the opportunity to choose gifts for their primary caregiver which brings great joy.

For the third year in a row, First-Plymouth Church is teaming up with Mourning Hope to support children and teens in this gift-giving endeavor. Shopping for their caregiver is a rewarding and emotionally satisfying part of the holiday season.

Children and teens (ages 4 to 18) who have experienced the death of a parent/guardian and have attended a Mourning Hope grief support program are invited to participate in a special event designed just for them.

Starting at 6 p.m., a free dinner will be served to the whole family and then kids will have time to select a gift for their caregiver, participate in a craft project and wrap that special present.

While the kids are shopping, some tips and helpful information about how to care for oneself while navigating the stresses of the holiday season will be offered to caregivers.

There is no cost to attend this event thanks to the generosity of First-Plymouth Church. But in order to ensure an adequate number of gifts, craft projects and food, families must register by November 21.

Eligible families will receive an invitation via email which will include the registration link.