Delaware Grief Awareness Events November 2013


Display at Gill Community Health Library in the Ammon Education Center
Christiana Care Health Systems Library
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718
The library will have a display that highlights resources for Grief Awareness Month in Delaware.  The library has resources in the public library and has materials listed in the DEGAC Resource Guide found at  
Expressions of Grief” Art Show
Supporting Kidds
1312 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE
These works will showcase students’ feelings related to loss, death and grief and their ways of coping with these feelings. Please contact us for more information or to get involved. or call 302-235-5544
Tree of Remembrance
New Castle Senior Center
400 South St New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 326-4209
Come and write the name of your loved one on a leaf and hang it on the tree in remembrance. Trees donated by Country Side Nursery.
Tree of Remembrance
Newark Senior Center
200 Whitechapel Dr., Newark, DE 19713
(302) 737-2336
Come and write the name of your loved one on a leaf and hang it on the tree in remembrance. Trees donated by Country Side Nursery.


November 1St
Day of the Dead
All Saints’ Day
November 2nd
All Souls’ Day
November 3rd through November 9th
Delaware Grief Awareness Week
November 7th
A Service of Remembrance and Hope
Brandywine Valley Baptist Church
7 Mt Lebanon Rd, Wilmington, DE
A faith based service to remember lost loved ones. There will be music, a time prayer and Remembrance. Amy Benton, the co-founder and Vice President of the Joy-Hope Foundation will speak on “How to approach the bereaved”. There will be a special focus to honor those families served by Joy-Hope Foundation as well. Free and open to the public.
November 7th
Viviendo con Nuestras Penas: Grief and Loss in the Hispanic Community
Latin American Community Center (LACC)
Manuelita Olsen Building
301 N. Harrison Street., Wilmington, DE 19805
Music, ritual, and food typical for Day of the Dead celebrations. Free and open to the public.
November 8th
Grief, Loss and the Holidays
NAMI Delaware (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
2400 W. 4th St, Wilmington DE
Need to pre-register by calling 302-427-0787 x 114 or email Courtney Riches
November 9th
Riverview Cemetery
3300 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19802
9:00am to noon
Riverview Cemetery is the final resting place of over 900 Veterans. To honor these veterans, volunteers are needed to help raise sunken grave markers. For information contact or visit
November 10th
Poetry of Loss
Bear Public Library
101 Governors Pl., Bear, DE 19701
Nina Bennett, author, and other writers will share their poems of loss. Bennett is a healthcare professional with a subspecialty in bereavement issues and secondary traumatic stress. Her chapbook, Sound Effects, was published in 2013from Broadkill Press as part of their Key Poetry Series. Nina’s poem “Deja Vu” took third place in the Out & About magazine poetry contest, and her poem “They Do” was nominated for 2012 Best of the Net. Her articles and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. Nina is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation, and a Co-Chair of the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium. Proceeds from Nina’s book, Forgotten Tears, are donated to agencies dedicated to supporting bereaved families. Free and open to the public.
November 11th
Veterans’ Day
November 12th
U.S. Army Field Band, Jazz Ambassadors
Schwartz Center for the Arts
226 S State St., Dover, DE 19901
7:00 pm.
Tickets for this event are free, but need to be reserved in advance. This concert will benefit Fisher House and “Families of the Fallen” at Dover Air Force Base. In recent news, that during the partial government shutdown, Fisher House Foundation has offered to cover the $100,000 payments that the government typically pays out to families within three days of a soldier’s death. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit, call the Schwartz Center Box Office at 302-678-5152, or email
November 14th
12th Annual Community Mental Health Conference
“Journey Toward Health and Wholeness: Mind, Body, and Spirit”
Doubletree Hotel
700 King St., Wilmington, DE 19801
8:00am – 4:00pm
Keynote Speaker Ihsan Hines is the founder of the suicide awareness organization, My Brother’s Keeper and is a motivational speaker who’s message is “Living on Purpose” and love is his method. CEU’s Available, $20 adult, $10 for students, Register online at
November 16th
The Many Shades of Grief
Wilmington University
Open to invited mental health students and professionals only.
Family Support Workshop for students and their clinical advisors. CEU’S will be available. Speakers include DGAC members Chris Cannon, Nina Bennett, Don Lipstein, Stephanie Traynor, and Stephanie Hamilton.
November 16th
Southbridge Memorial Garden Prayer Vigil
300 Block of New Castle Ave. (New Castle Ave and South Heald St)
Wilmington, DE 19801
Noon – 1:00pm
Speakers, Prayer Vigil and Candle Lighting in remembrance of Murder victims in the City of Wilmington. Commemorative Bricks may be purchased. Free and open to the public.
November 20th
It’s Time We Talked: NAMI Speaks
NAMI Delaware (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Newark Library
750 Library Ave., Newark DE 19711
Don Lipstein, Coordinator for Survivors of Suicide Peer Mentor Program at TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), will speak on PTSD, including military personnel experiences and share his own personal story. Don is a member of the Delaware Grief Awareness Consortium. Please Register at the Reference Desk.
November 23rd
International Survivors of Suicide Day
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Dover Public Library, Meeting Room A
35 E. Loockerman St. Dover, DE 19901
Thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather together around the world on this day for mutual support & practical guidance on coping with grief. For information or to pre-register, visit or contact Jenna Mahoney at 302-674-1397 or Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistering will help us greatly in our planning.
November 25th to December 30th
Hope Through the Holidays
New Castle Senior Center
400 South St New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 326-4209
Mondays, 10:00am-11:00am
This six week support group is being co-sponsored by the senior center and Seasons Hospice. For many, the holidays center on joy and celebration, but for those who have lost a loved one, it can be hard to focus on hope and the holidays magnify the feelings of loss. You do not need to grieve alone. Join us for supportive conversation and activities, to help you through the holiday season.
December 1St
Hope for the Holidays: A program about Coping, Healing and Remembering
Spicer Mullikin Funeral Homes
Embassy Suites
625 S. College Ave., Newark, DE
Open to the public. Please pre-register by calling 302-368-9500 if you would like an angel ornament engraved with the name of your loved one, please call by Monday, November 25. Additional ornaments can be ordered after that date to be picked up at the funeral home in either Newark or New Castle, but they won’t be ready in time for the program.


The Delaware Center for Horticulture Memorial Tree Program
Partnership with DEGAC and TheDCH
For a minimum of $100, TheDCH will plant a memorial tree in Delaware and give donors a certificate suitable for framing with the name of their loved one. and click on Tribute and Memorial Gifts.
Come anytime during daylight hours and experience the transformative nature of walking a labyrinth to still the mind and fill the heart with peace.
Jesus House, 2501 Old Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Road, Wilmington DE 19806


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