BY ROXANNE MOORE SAUCIER
FOR THE WEEKLY
BANGOR — Can 10 weekly sessions of play, making memory boxes or stepping stones and sharing pictures of a loved one who’s died really help a young child?
Oh, yes. And Pathfinders also serves parents and other adults in that child’s life.
And most of us have had a relative or friend who has benefited from hospice services at the end of her or his life.
How many family members have said, “I don’t know how I could have gone through it if not for hospice.”
Or “My child got so much out of Pathfinders.”
What can you do to help? Attend the fourth annual celebrity dessert and auction on Friday, Oct. 23, at Rangeley Hall, Sylvan Road, Eastern Maine Community College.
The event will benefit Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children.
Dessert and the silent auction begin 5:45 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes before 8:30 p.m.
Bangor Area Visiting Nurses sponsors the event which will be hosted by WABI-TV 5’s Sharon Pelletier and Todd Simcox.
Desserts provided by area restaurants and chefs will be available for sampling.
And really, you want to bid on Linda Boyle’s priceless chocolate chip cookies.
The auction will include a variety of items and gift packages, including getaways, artwork, quilts, children’s packages and an autographed Stephen King book.
The silent auction will offer a selection of Maine-made jewelry, crafted pens and more.
It’s a great place to do some holiday shopping.
“Our volunteers have put together incredible packages again this year,” said Boyle, Pathfinders coordinator. “We have items and packages at all price points, providing an opportunity for nearly anyone to get in on the action.”
Proceeds benefit the care of terminally ill patients and grieving children and adults in our community.
Tickets are $15.
Online registration is available at www.pathfindersmaine.org or by phone at 973-6550.
Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children was started by Maria Brountas and the late Barbara Eames.
As Brountas says, “No child should grieve alone.”