Group to aid grieving kids lists sessions

Posted Aug. 05, 2008, at 12 a.m.

Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children, has announced its fall session, beginning Monday, Sept. 29, and concluding Monday, Dec. 1.

Weekly sessions will be held 6-7:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Essex Street in Bangor. Visit www.pathfindersmaine.org for location directions.

Pathfinders offers this 10-week session to provide grief support for children and their families or caregivers who are experiencing the death of a loved one.

Adults who attend with children meet in their own groups. Teens can attend on their own as long as they have the consent of their caregiver.

Celebrating its 14th year, Pathfinders was founded by Maria Brountas and the late Barbara Eames.

The program provides special bereavement support geared specifically for children, beginning at age 4 through young adults.

To help defray costs, there is a $50 fee per family, with a limited number of scholarships available.

Volunteer facilitators are specially trained to meet the needs of grieving children and their adult caregivers.

Training will begin on Saturday, Sept. 13. For more information on attending a session or volunteering, contact Linda Boyle at 973-8269.

Pathfinders is a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and part of Eastern Maine Healthcare System.

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