DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013
NOVEMBER EVENTSNovember 1St Day of the Dead
All Saints’ Day November 2nd All Souls’ Day November 3rd through November 9th Delaware Grief Awareness Week November 7th A Service of Remembrance and Hope Brandywine Valley Baptist Church 7 Mt Lebanon Rd, Wilmington, DE 7:30pm-8:30pm A faith based service to remember lost loved ones. There will be music, a time prayer and Remembrance. Amy Benton, the co-founder and Vice President of the Joy-Hope Foundation will speak on “How to approach the bereaved”. There will be a special focus to honor those families served by Joy-Hope Foundation as well. Free and open to the public. November 7th Viviendo con Nuestras Penas: Grief and Loss in the Hispanic Community Latin American Community Center (LACC) Manuelita Olsen Building 301 N. Harrison Street., Wilmington, DE 19805 6:00pm Music, ritual, and food typical for Day of the Dead celebrations. Free and open to the public. November 8th Grief, Loss and the Holidays NAMI Delaware (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2400 W. 4th St, Wilmington DE 8:30am-9:15am Need to pre-register by calling 302-427-0787 x 114 or email Courtney Riches firstname.lastname@example.org November 9th Riverview Cemetery 3300 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19802 9:00am to noon Riverview Cemetery is the final resting place of over 900 Veterans. To honor these veterans, volunteers are needed to help raise sunken grave markers. For information contact email@example.com or visit www.riverviewcem.com. November 10th Poetry of Loss Bear Public Library 101 Governors Pl., Bear, DE 19701 2:00pm-4:00pm Nina Bennett, author, and other writers will share their poems of loss. Bennett is a healthcare professional with a subspecialty in bereavement issues and secondary traumatic stress. Her chapbook, Sound Effects, was published in 2013from Broadkill Press as part of their Key Poetry Series. Nina’s poem “Deja Vu” took third place in the Out & About magazine poetry contest, and her poem “They Do” was nominated for 2012 Best of the Net. Her articles and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. Nina is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation, and a Co-Chair of the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium. Proceeds from Nina’s book, Forgotten Tears, are donated to agencies dedicated to supporting bereaved families. Free and open to the public. November 11th Veterans’ Day November 12th U.S. Army Field Band, Jazz Ambassadors Schwartz Center for the Arts 226 S State St., Dover, DE 19901 7:00 pm. Tickets for this event are free, but need to be reserved in advance. This concert will benefit Fisher House and “Families of the Fallen” at Dover Air Force Base. In recent news, that during the partial government shutdown, Fisher House Foundation has offered to cover the $100,000 payments that the government typically pays out to families within three days of a soldier’s death. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.schwartzcenter.com, call the Schwartz Center Box Office at 302-678-5152, or email Kim@schwartzcenter.com November 14th 12th Annual Community Mental Health Conference “Journey Toward Health and Wholeness: Mind, Body, and Spirit” Doubletree Hotel 700 King St., Wilmington, DE 19801 8:00am – 4:00pm Keynote Speaker Ihsan Hines is the founder of the suicide awareness organization, My Brother’s Keeper and is a motivational speaker who’s message is “Living on Purpose” and love is his method. CEU’s Available, $20 adult, $10 for students, Register online at www.mhinde.org/nCMHC.asp November 16th The Many Shades of Grief Wilmington University Open to invited mental health students and professionals only. 9am-12pm Family Support Workshop for students and their clinical advisors. CEU’S will be available. Speakers include DGAC members Chris Cannon, Nina Bennett, Don Lipstein, Stephanie Traynor, and Stephanie Hamilton. November 16th Southbridge Memorial Garden Prayer Vigil 300 Block of New Castle Ave. (New Castle Ave and South Heald St) Wilmington, DE 19801 Noon – 1:00pm Speakers, Prayer Vigil and Candle Lighting in remembrance of Murder victims in the City of Wilmington. Commemorative Bricks may be purchased. Free and open to the public. November 20th It’s Time We Talked: NAMI Speaks NAMI Delaware (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Newark Library 750 Library Ave., Newark DE 19711 7:00pm Don Lipstein, Coordinator for Survivors of Suicide Peer Mentor Program at TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), will speak on PTSD, including military personnel experiences and share his own personal story. Don is a member of the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium. Please Register at the Reference Desk. November 23rd International Survivors of Suicide Day American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Dover Public Library, Meeting Room A 35 E. Loockerman St. Dover, DE 19901 Noon Thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather together around the world on this day for mutual support & practical guidance on coping with grief. For information or to pre-register, visit doversurvivorday.eventbrite.com or contact Jenna Mahoney at 302-674-1397 or firstname.lastname@example.org Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistering will help us greatly in our planning. November 25th to December 30th Hope Through the Holidays New Castle Senior Center 400 South St New Castle, DE 19720 (302) 326-4209 Mondays, 10:00am-11:00am This six week support group is being co-sponsored by the senior center and Seasons Hospice. For many, the holidays center on joy and celebration, but for those who have lost a loved one, it can be hard to focus on hope and the holidays magnify the feelings of loss. You do not need to grieve alone. Join us for supportive conversation and activities, to help you through the holiday season. December 1St Hope for the Holidays: A program about Coping, Healing and Remembering Spicer Mullikin Funeral Homes Embassy Suites 625 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 2:00pm-4:00pm Open to the public. Please pre-register by calling 302-368-9500 if you would like an angel ornament engraved with the name of your loved one, please call by Monday, November 25. Additional ornaments can be ordered after that date to be picked up at the funeral home in either Newark or New Castle, but they won’t be ready in time for the program.
ONGOING PROJECTS AND EVENTSThe Delaware Center for Horticulture Memorial Tree Program Partnership with DEGAC and TheDCH For a minimum of $100, TheDCH will plant a memorial tree in Delaware and give donors a certificate suitable for framing with the name of their loved one. www.thedch.org and click on Tribute and Memorial Gifts. LABYRINTH WALKS (3 Locations) Come anytime during daylight hours and experience the transformative nature of walking a labyrinth to still the mind and fill the heart with peace. Jesus House, 2501 Old Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808 Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713 Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Road, Wilmington DE 19806