Hospice Giving Foundation events create spaces for grieving millennials
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:45pm
Millennials have a unique set of needs as they deal with the death of someone close to them. This year, Hospice Giving Foundation held three events focusing on how to help millennials cope with loss— The Dinner Party, the Gratitude Luncheon, and the Life after Loss workshop.
The Dinner Party- October 19
A multigenerational group of 60 people gathered to share a meal at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley and talk about life after the loss at The Dinner Party.
The purpose of the event was to demonstrate what happens during Dinner Party events across the country. It was led by Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez, co-founders of The Dinner Party, and was made possible by a grant from Hospice Giving Foundation
The Dinner Party is an organization that creates a space for grieving millennials to connect with each other over a shared meal. The goal of The Dinner Party is “to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement" (from www.thedinnerparty.org).
To learn more about The Dinner Party, read the interview with the co-founders here.
Gratitude Luncheon- October 20
Each year, Hospice Giving Foundation hosts a special luncheon for its donors, both to thank them and to give them a chance to hear from some of the best thinkers in end-of-life care and services. This year, over 120 donors and volunteers attended.
The event took place on October 20 at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Emcee Dan Green of KSBW-TV led a panel discussion and Q&A session on "Life After Loss: From Grieving to Living Well." Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez, co-founders of The Dinner Party, and David Leonard, Executive Director of the New Hope Grief Support Community shared their insights on how to help millennials cope with grief.
Life After Loss Workshop: Creating Spaces for Grieving Millennials- October 21
37 professionals, including registered nurses, chaplains, social workers, and therapists, gathered at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to explore principles and how-tos for creating peer-to-peer spaces for grieving millennials.
Attendees learned about The Dinner Party, including insights around what 20- and 30-somethings are and are not looking for while they navigate loss and life after, based on data collected from thousands of Dinner Party participants worldwide.
Presenters included Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez, co-Founders of The Dinner Party; Karen Erlichman, DMin, LCSW, Facilitator at The Center for Courage & Renewal; and David Leonard, Executive Director of the New Hope Grief Support Community.
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