Grief Awareness Week, which is being recognized from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11, has many opportunities for people to learn about grief and its expression through the arts.
Supporting Kidds, The Center for Grieving Children and Their Families, is hosting an Art Exhibit fashioned by local children and teens called “Expressions of Grief.”
The exhibit, held in conjunction with Grief Awareness Week, showcases the feelings related to loss, death, and grief and also ways of coping with these feelings.
The free exhibit is open Sunday, Nov. 4 until Friday, Nov. 9 at Supporting Kidds, located at 1213 Old Lancaster Pike in Hockessin.
But Grief Awareness Week, which is being recognized from Nov. 1 through Nov. 11, has many opportunities for people to learn about grief and its expression through the arts.
From now until Nov. 11, people and organizations throughout Delaware are embracing the Proclamation of Grief Awareness Week (signed by Governor Markell and Lt. Governor Matt Denn in 2009) to promote a better understanding of the grief process, statewide resources, and the use of writing, the performing arts, and the visual arts to express feeling of bereavement and loss.
Below are some local Delaware Grief Awareness Week activities to attend:
· Drum Circle, Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Leave your grief in the dark womb of the drum circle. Cry, wail, scream out, beat the drum, and dance it out. Call in the ancestors to help you transform your grief into healing. Contact Jerry Hodge, 545-1580.YOGA U, 2900 Concord Pike, Wilmington.
· Folk singer John Flynn, Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets are $19. In 2010, John wrote a song for Grief Awareness Week called “The End of the Beginning.” Members of the DEGAC Steering Committee, friends, and family plan to enjoy a relaxing evening of music to conclude Grief Awareness Week. The Governor's Proclamation will be displayed. The Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington.
· Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery, Saturday, Nov. 10, Noon. The Governor's Proclamation and DEGAC postcards will be on display during a special volunteer project - details at www.Riverviewcem.com
· Labyrinth Walk, Nov. 2-11, anytime. Experience the power of mindful, prayerful walking within the Sacred Space of the Labyrinth. Bring your broken heart, your pain, your grief and offer it to the labyrinth. Walk out renewed and filled with peace and hope, contact: Spring Davidson, 995-6859. Jesus House, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington.
· Southbridge Memorial Garden, Nov. 2 – 11, anytime. Come and place a commemorative brick and light a candle for these innocent, fallen children caught in the crossfire in this Wilmington neighborhood. Help the families and the neighborhood heal with your presence and your love. Contact Carolyn Markland, 276-9514.
· Southbridge Mother’s Prayer Vigil, Every Thursday in November, 5-8 p.m. Join mothers who have lost their children to connect to one another and be supported in their grief in this powerful community prayer vigil. Contact Carolyn Markland, 276-9514.
· Opportunity to win a Mother's Purple Heart, Nov. 10 at the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware. “When a mother loses a child, her heart is forever scarred by the emptiness of a love that can never be replaced,” created and donated by Roberta Kozak of the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware. Nominate a mother who has lost a child at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drawing will be held Nov. 10 at their Greenville store.