Cooking for One? Engaging programs for the bereaved by Hospice Prince Edward this fall

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Cooking classes, visual arts workshops, and a drumming circle are all part of HPE’s new programming to support the bereaved and grief-stricken this fall.

Together with the County Food Hub and the County Arts Council, HPE will bring people together and create a space to share stories and experiences.

Communal cooking classes for those who have lost a loved one, as well as “healing through arts” workshops that offer both visual art and musical sessions will be on offer.

“We realize that not all people want to or are ready to come to a support group or meet one-on-one,” HPE executive director Jennifer Loner said.

“We wanted both a social and a practical element. The new groups will help people to make new social connections, learn some new skills for this time of life and hopefully add a bit of fun.”

The Dinner for One program will be hosted at the County Food Hub in Sophiasburgh. Ms. Loner explained that learning to cook for just one person can be daunting.

“Isolation and loneliness are detrimental to those who have lost a loved one. Coming together over the preparation of food, enjoying a meal together, and developing new friendships are all critical to mental health,” Ms. Loner said “The Dinner for One program is an innovative way to support those dealing with a loss.”

Belleville Transit will provide free transportation for participants.vThe program runs Monday evenings starting September 11 for six weeks. A repeat session will run a further six weeks. It is funded through the Stark Family Fund and the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

The Healing Through Art Program offers visual arts workshops in September and October, thanks to the support of the Wynne Thomas Arts Development Fund and The County Foundation.

“We want a creative space where participants can use visual arts as an outlet for expressing their grief,” Ms Loner said.

HPE’s Grief and Bereavement Drumming Circle aims to provide a creative outlet for expressing feelings of grief. The drumming facilitator will lead participants through a series of practise exercises. The Drumming Circle will be held on Tuesdays starting November 7 until December 12 from 12:30- 1:30p.m.

All art workshops are at the Prince Edward County Arts Council, downstairs at the Amoury on Picton Main Street.

To register or find out more information, please call Hospice Prince Edward at 613-645-4040.