Center for Grief & Healing Offers Rhode Islanders “Honoring Our Grief” Workshops

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Collectively called “Honoring Our Grief,” the three workshops offered this winter and spring by the Center for Grief & Healing at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the state’s leader in hospice and palliative care since 1976, are each focused on teaching mourners a particular way of dealing with grief at the loss of a loved one.

The three workshops are:

  • “When the Words Won’t Come—Expressing Our Grief through Art,” Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • “Extraordinary Experiences,” Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • “Healing Power of Plants,” Wednesday, March 17

All three workshops will take place 6-7:30 p.m. at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence. The workshops are free to the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island family, and a donation is suggested for others. Space at each workshop is limited, so pre-registration is required. Pre-registration and more information are available at 401-415-4300.

“Many people who need desperately to express their grief find doing so in words to be difficult or impossible. So, “When the Words Won’t Come—Expressing Our Grief through Art” will show mourners another way to “get their grief out” without having to explain it with words. Artistic talent is not necessary to participate in this workshop,” says Morgan Ban-Draoi, Bereavement Coordinator at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Ban-Draoi and other grief specialists believe that individuals grieving the loss of a loved one may experience a strong sense of the loved one’s presence or may see a pet staring at nothing for several minutes. “Extraordinary Experiences” will explore these and similar events, which many mourners of all faiths and no faith have experienced.

“Springtime means renewal and hope, especially to those who mourn”, states Ban-Draoi. “For many, spring brings a strong desire to draw closer to nature and become rejuvenated. “Healing Power of Plants” will give mourners a chance to take strength from growing things and the change to a brighter season.”

For more information about Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island’s programs and services, visit www.HHPCRI.org or call 401-415-4200.