PENQUIS - Pine Tree Hospice has launched a series of free workshops for adults who are adjusting to new roles following the death of a loved-one. The first offering in the “Spring Into Summer” series held on June 21st was a huge success according to the participants.
The workshop series is designed to help widows, widowers, or anyone who has lost a life partner, learn new routines and skills for planning and preparing healthy, satisfying meals. The next “Spring into Summer” workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 16th; participants must register by or before Friday, August 12th.
“Learning to plan and prepare meals for one is a common challenge for people who are grieving the death of a spouse or partner. Not only do they need to learn new routines, grief can make cooking and eating alone emotionally challenging,” says Erin Callaway, Team Coordinator for Evergreen, The Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults.
The “Cooking for One” workshop includes a demonstration of preparing an actual recipe, plus practical advice for portioning, stocking up on staples, and how to make efficient but creative use of leftovers and large batches. The workshop also includes a facilitated discussion group during which participants can share their experiences and feelings if they wish. The hope is that the combination of learning new life skills and group interaction will be appealing to people who might not be as comfortable with a traditional support group setting.
“Cooking for One” Workshops are held at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. The program is free, but pre-registration is required.
To pre-register or for more information, contact Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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