June 20, 2018
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By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Grief support group

BANGOR — St. Joseph Hospice offers a caring and compassionate grief support group called Tapestries for adults who recently have lost a spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend or other loved one. Led by bereavement support specialists, Tapestries is an opportunity for those grieving a loss to find support during one of life’s most difficult experiences.

The eight-week support group will begin Thursday, Sept. 26, and meet each Thursday through Nov. 14.

For information about Tapestries, call Renee Hunter, licensed clinical social worker and bereavement coordinator at St. Joseph Hospice, at 907-1810.


Support for Grieving Children

BANGOR — Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children will hold its fall session 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7-Dec. 9, at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Essex Street. The 10-week session provides grief support for children and their families or caregivers experiencing the death of a loved one. Adults who attend with children meet in their own groups. Teens and young adults can attend on their own as long as they have the consent of their caregiver.

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


Currently a need for volunteers willing to assist with the young adult and adult groups. To volunteer, call Linda Boyle at 356-4685.


New community services director

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that Shawn Yardley has joined PCHC as its director of community services.

Yardley is well-known throughout the Bangor region and in state government. He served most

recently for nine years as the director of Health and Community Services for the city of Bangor; for three years as director of the River Coalition; for two years as the director of adoption at Maine Adoptions Placement Service; and for 15 years in supervisory-administrator roles for Maine DHS in Bangor. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Husson University.

Yardley serves on many boards and committees in the Bangor region and around the state including the Maine Public Health State Coordination Council; Bangor Region Public Health advisory committee; Maine Health Access Foundation Community advisory council; Region III and State Homeless Councils; Husson University board of visitors and alumni board; Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee; Maine Children’s Alliance; and St. Michael’s Center board of directors.


MS patient education program

BANGOR — The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America will host a free patient education program, Tackling Everyday Challenges: Recent Breakthroughs in Multiple Sclerosis, Symptom Management and What’s To Come, noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Four Points Sheraton at Bangor International Airport.

Pen Bay Healthcare neurologist and MS specialist Dr. Alexandra Degenhardt will be on hand to talk with those with MS.

Registration is required by Tuesday, September 10. Attendees may bring one guest.

There is no cost to participate. A complimentary lunch will be served.

RSVP at 800-532-7667, ext. 181, or register at http://support.mymsaa.org/Bangor.


Bone marrow donors added to registry

BREWER — Organizers of EMMC’s Bone Marrow Drive are calling its recent event a success, with 261 adults added to the registry. More than 200 people joined the registry at a similar event held in 1012.

Adults who are added to the registry provide hope for cancer patients who require a life-sustaining transplant, organizers said. Only four out of 10 people who need a transplant actually receive one, so increasing the pool of potential donors is the only way to improve the odds.

The Bone Marrow Drive was a part of the EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, an annual event held at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer to raise money for local cancer research.


CPR and First Aid class

EDDINGTON — Eddington Fire Department will host a Community CPR and First Aid class 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Eddington Fire Department. The class is free to the public.

CPR instruction and hands on skills will be covered  in the morning. First Aid instruction and hands on skills will be taught in the afternoon.

Register by calling the fire department at 843-5251 or the Eddington Town Office at 843-5233.

Although there is no cost for the class, donations will be accepted to benefit future community classes and events. CPR pocket masks, ranging in price from $5 to $10, will be available for purchase.

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