Holiday Hope (Youth & Families)
Saturday | December 4 | 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Mourning Hope Grief Center
Holiday Hope is a program created to support the bereaved during the often-difficult holiday season. To foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, local artists partner with youth and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. A separate group for adult caregivers is offered as well.
Youth Support (ages 5-18)
Youth come together for an age-appropriate holiday memory workshop to develop and grow through creative expression and critical thinking.
Caregivers meet for a peer-support session with tips on how to cope with the holiday season.
The Holiday Hope program is full.
The Spirit of Giving
Thursday | December 9
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Mourning Hope Grief Center
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ramadan, Kwanza and New Year’s Day are annual holidays that can prove difficult for people who have experienced the death of someone significant. Holidays can be some of the roughest terrain we navigate after a death loss. When a parent or primary caregiver 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 celebrating the spirit of giving brings the child great joy. For the second year in a row, First-Plymouth Church is teaming up with Mourning Hope this holiday season to support children in this gift-giving endeavor. Shopping for their caregiver is a rewarding and emotionally satisfying part of the holiday season, and children who have experienced the death of a caregiver and have attended any Mourning Hope grief support programs are invited to participate in a special event designed just for them.
Kids will have time to select and wrap a gift for their caregiver, and participate in a craft project. 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 all caregivers.
- There is no cost to participate in this event thanks to the generosity of First-Plymouth Church. But in order to ensure an adequate number of gifts, craft projects and snacks, families must register by December 1, 2021.
- There will be two time blocks available, each with limited space. Families are encouraged to register early.
- The Spirit of Giving is appropriate for school-aged children and teens (kindergarten through high school seniors) who have attended a support group at Mourning Hope.
- Eligible families will receive an invitation via email which will include the registration link.