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Kenrad Pederson introduced Eileen Lisko, Brenda Peterson and Carol Arnold, members of the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team, who spoke at the Kiwanis noon luncheon meeting at the Lantern Room April 13.
Lisko said the team has been helping meet the needs of the grieving since 2002.
The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team will present “Soup for the Soul” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 424 First Ave. S., James-town. The theme of this evening is “Turning Grief into Hope.” Everyone is welcome to share in this informal evening that includes a meal of soup and three examples of individuals who have turned their grief into hope.
The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team is offering a grief support group for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone important to them, whether the loss is recent or from years past. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Jamestown Hospital beginning Tuesday and will run for six weeks.
In his book, “Understanding Your Grief,” internationally recognized expert in the field of loss and grief, Dr. Alan Wolfelt said, “You can benefit from a connectedness that comes from people who have also had a death in their lives. Support groups, where people come together and share the common bond of experience, can be invaluable in helping you and your grief and supporting your need to mourn long after the event of the death.”
Camp Release, a weekend grief camp for children ages 9 to 16 who have experienced the death of a loved one, made a positive difference in the life of Mikaela Long, Berlin, N.D., who attended in 2007.
Mikaela, now 13, lost her brother Tristan — her only sibling — in a four-wheeler accident on Jan. 15, 2005. Tristan was 8 years old when he died, and the brother and sister were close not only in age but in friendship. Living on a farm, they spent many hours together, playing and talking.
“We laughed a lot, played jokes on each other, played games,” Mikaela said.
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