Bereavement support workshops offered in Port Townsend

Registration begins Sept. 8 at Jefferson Healthcare.

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare is offering three one-day bereavement support workshops and a six-week grief support group this fall.

The one-day programs will be hosted at the CoLab, 237 Taylor St., and facilitated by Christina Manzoni.

Each class has a $10 materials fee, and registration is required by calling Manzoni at 360-379-3661.

Here is the schedule:

• Mindfulness &Grief — Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Manzoni will use mindfulness practices and creative expression to explore grief, loss and transition that comes in the wake of death.

No artistic skills or meditation experience is required.

• Collage, Journaling &Grief Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 6. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Manzoni will integrate collage making and journaling as healing tools for grieving death-related losses.

No artistic talents are needed.

• Compassionate Approach to Grief — Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Nov. 10. Preregistration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants.

A compassionate-based approach to understanding and coping with grief reactions will help provide conscious relaxation and increased personal growth and resilience in attending to grief and loss.

No meditation experience is required.

Quarterly program

Jefferson Healthcare also offers a free six-week group support program each quarter.

The fall program begins Oct. 7 and goes through Nov. 11, with the group meeting on six consecutive Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Healthcare third-floor conference room at 2500 W. Sims Way.

It is facilitated by Manzoni.

Registration is required by Oct. 1 by phoning 360-379-3661.

The series has been created for people who wish to do concentrated work on understanding and coping with their grief in a confidential group setting.

Participants are asked to commit to attend all six sessions.

Builds on one another

Each facilitated session builds on the one before, with a focus on grief education, coping and mindfulness techniques, journaling, expressive arts and ritual and group sharing.

Participants learn ways of providing self-care, adjusting to loss and change, and deepening bonds of trust.

Jefferson Healthcare also offers a free, ongoing grief support group held at the Jefferson Healthcare conference room on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open to everyone grieving a death, recent or in the past, each facilitated session includes a grief education topic, such as common grief reactions, coping with stress or grief within families.

No registration is required.

For more information, phone Bernie Ward-Crixell at 360-385-2200, ext 4685.

All these bereavement groups are sponsored by The Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare.

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