Angela Hospice offers free holiday workshops for all ages

Sofia and Elliana Poulos
Grief is tough at any age. And the holidays can complicate those feelings. That’s why Angela Hospice has developed a series of events for those processing a loss during the holiday season.

On Sunday, November 8, the team will hold a free presentation for adults entitled Getting Through the Holidays, from 2:30-4 p.m., at Angela Hospice. This lecture will provide helpful ideas on how to make the holidays easier while dealing with a loss.

For children there is a holiday workshop that will provide a special way to remember a loved one during the holidays.

“Children often feel alone in their grief,” said Bereavement Social Worker Sally Loughrin, who specializes in working with grieving children. “Participating in grief support groups provides an avenue for them to be with others who have had similar losses.”

Loughrin will host Angela Hospice’s Children’s Holiday Workshop for ages 5-12 on Sunday, December 13, from 2-4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to craft a special holiday wreath, incorporating memories of their loved one into the holiday season, and into their lives, in a new way.

“Making the wreaths is a fun way to create a project and is another way for children to work through those uncomfortable feelings related to grief,” Loughrin said.

Supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring photos or other decorations that have special meaning to them, to include in their project. Pizza and cookies will be served as well.

All workshops will take place at the Angela Hospice Care Center located at 14100 Newburgh Road in Livonia. The workshops are free, but reservations are required for the children’s workshop due to limited space. Sign up by calling Sally Loughrin at (734) 464-2683.

For more information about Angela Hospice’s grief support programs, including a complete list of support groups, visit AskForAngela.com or call (734) 464-7810.

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