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Free Summer Grief Workshop for Children Announced by DMTF

The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation (DMTF) is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for children experiencing grief with its free summer workshop titled “A Pirate’s Grief Journey.” This event, coordinated by DMTF Children and Teen Program Coordinator Bethany J. Gardner, promises a fresh experience with revamped activities, even for returning attendees.

Scheduled for a Tuesday evening this year, the workshop will not include a dinner service but will provide snacks to the participants. The workshop is designed for children accompanied by an adult caregiver who will stay with them throughout the session. This change in scheduling and format is part of an effort to accommodate different schedules and provide a new experience for participants.

Registration for the workshop is now open but is limited to the first 10 registrants to ensure an intimate and effective setting. Interested parties are urged to contact the foundation at 717-532-8922 or via email at Applicants should provide the child’s name and age, the accompanying adult’s details, and a contact phone number and email.

This year’s activities will include playing with water balloons and the option for children to bring a small memory object in a zip-top bag, which will be used as part of the healing activities. Children who prefer not to engage in water activities have the option to opt-out or participate at their comfort level.

All participants will receive a goody bag at the end of the workshop, which includes the book “Tough Boris” by Mem Fox, among other treasures.

The DMTF remains committed to supporting children and teens in their grief journey by providing resources and experiences to help them cope with loss in a supportive environment.


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