Volunteers are fundamental to the Pathfinders program, which offers support to grieving children and their families. [email protected] of Hancock County 14 Mc Kenzie Ave. [email protected] Children's Program Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County PO Box 3069 Skowhegan, ME 04976 207/696-5870 Contact: Linda Burkhart, Director Andrea Smith, Prog Coor. 25 Pleasant Street PO Box 3069 Skowhegan, ME 04976 Tel. If your local area does not have a support program, we are hopeful the information on this website will be helpful; particularly the recommended reading lists and resource links. After the person you know dies, your parent(s) or caregiver(s) can call the Pathfinders Program Coordinator to schedule an intake interview. Someone important to me died, but my parents didn't know the person very well. The teen may want the parent(s) to attend the first evening and the last evening of Pathfinders. Most of the time, Pathfinders is a very lively, happy, fun-filled place to be.
Specially trained volunteers serve as facilitators, offering age appropriate opportunities for children and their family members both to express their grief and learn about the grieving process and develop new coping skills to handle their losses. - Hospice Volunteers 45 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, ME 04011 207/721-9702 Contact: Margaret Pelletier, Prog. [email protected] Grieving Children & Teen Program Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley ME General Medical Center 150 Dresden Avenue Gardiner, ME 04345 207/626-1779 Contact: Tina De Raps, Prog. Ellsworth, ME 04605 207/667-2531 Contact: Barbara Clark, Exec. The program is designed to provide support to children as well as teens and young adults. If you are grieving the death of an important person in your life and are between the ages of 4 and 21, you and your family/caregivers are welcome at Pathfinders. Once you and your family meet with the coordinator and the program is explained in detail, answering any questions, you and your family can decide if Pathfinders will be right for you. Teens need to go through the same intake interview process as a child and family would be expected to do. Sometimes memories and stories are shared and feelings of sadness are experienced.
At Pathfinders I learned: Redeemer Lutheran Church 540 Essex Street, Bangor, Maine 04401 Directions: From Interstate 95, take the Broadway Exit 185 (formerly Exit 48). To offer a caring, safe environment where children, teens, young adults and their caregivers utilize peer support and grief education to creatively express, share and grow through the healing process.
Follow Broadway south about 1/2 mile to Stillwater Avenue (first light after you pass Saint Joseph’s Hospital on right). Follow Stillwater Avenue about 1/10 mile to Essex Street (it’s the first traffic light). The following are goals that participants can expect to be met by the Pathfinders Program.
VIP members can turn their forums into live chatrooms for group discussions.
You can remain accessible even when you are not online.
Facilitators do not counsel or advise in therapeutic matters. They have learned a lot about the differences and similarities in children's grief and adult grief. New friends are made and ideas and emotions are expressed in a safe place. Children learn more about adult grief and adults learn how children grieve. Kids at Pathfinders have made impressive clay sculptures, masks and sand art, torn up phone books and thrown eggs, made treasure boxes, stress balls, dream catchers, pillows, Zen gardens, garden stones, scrapbooks and journals. Teen group facilitators act as boundary keepers, guides and listeners.
The group chat rooms are a fun place to hang out and talk with friends and random people.As soon as the next matching member calls in you will hear their greeting.It's always free to record your greeting and listen to the greetings of the other members.If your local area does not have a support program, we are hopeful the information on this website will be helpful; particularly the recommended reading lists and resource links.Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children (to be referenced as Pathfinders) is a program of Hospice of Eastern Maine.