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Bangor Grief Support Group Helps Children Cope

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A grief support group for children provides special bereavement support geared specifically for ages 4 through young adults. Pathfinders is a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses.

Linda Boyle of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses says the groups find ways to help kids deal with their feelings.

“They meet with two facilitators, or leaders, who just help educate, discuss, and talk in the little people’s groups all the way until teens,” Linda told us. “They do a lot of activities, a lot of arts and crafts and physical activity to get their feelings and frustrations out.”

She says the adults who bring the children can take part in separate groups while the children meet, as well. That can help add support to adults who are dealing with grieving children.

Pathfinders fall session runs from October 7th to December 9th and meets on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Essex Street in Bangor. For more information, log onto the website for Pathfinders.

Volunteer facilitators are specially trained to meet the needs of grieving children and their adult caregivers. There is currently a critical need for volunteers willing to assist with the young adult and adult groups. If you’re interested in volunteering, you’re asked to call Linda Boyle at 356-4685.

Pathfinders is a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and part of Eastern Maine Health Services.

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