Everyone deals with the loss of a loved one in a different way.
You don’t have to go through this process alone. We hold year-round support groups for grieving adults and a one-day retreat, Camp Dragonfly, for children and their families. Support for family members of hospice patients is available for 13 months after the loss of a loved one.
Grief Support Group for Adults
This free, eight-week facilitated grief support group is for adults who have suffered a loss through death. Groups are offered regularly in Lewiston and Auburn and based on request in Bridgton, Norway, and Wilton.
The loss of her husband of nearly 51 years left Yvette Boivin feeling overwhelmed. Learning of Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice’s Pathways Through Grief support group enabled her to change her perspective on life and gave her a new focus. “During the eight-week session I learned there are so many aspects to grieving, so many questions you need answered. I learned that it’s okay to be sad and more importantly, it’s okay to be happy. My husband would want that.” – Yvette Boivin, support group participant
This one-day retreat is designed to bring together grieving children and teens ages 6 to 17, as well as the key support people in their lives, who have experienced the loss of a loved one or are living with a loved one with a terminal illness.
The goal of the daylong camp is to offer support to all who have experienced a loss, to educate those attending about the grieving process, and to help families feel comfortable having sometimes difficult conversations about death and loss. The retreat is led by specially trained counselors and volunteers within a supportive environment in order to help meet the unique needs of grieving children, teens, and adults.
The camp is open to hospice families, as well as families in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one or are anticipating a loss. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
2018 Camp Dragonfly
June 9, 2018
Tripp Lake Camp
132 Tripp Lake Camp Road
Poland, ME 04274
9:00-9:30am – Check In
9:30-4:00pm – Camp
No cost to participate
“It showed me that I was not alone and that other people were grieving too.” – Brianna, Camp Dragonfly participant
Meals and Memories
Held annually around the holidays, this gathering welcomes families and individuals who have lost a loved one to dine, share, and heal together. Attendees bring dishes of their loved one’s favorite food to share, the recipe for a collective cookbook, and a photo of their loved one. Participants share stories and fond memories associated with their food and create crafts to commemorate loved ones in festive holiday style.