Celebration of HOPE will include a full-course dinner, musical entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, with many of the items being donated by those same people whom HOPE helps.
“The dinner is a celebration in many ways,” Schoeneck said. “It is an opportunity to celebrate the life of our loved ones who have died. It is a celebration of the 35 years that HOPE has been helping grieving children and adults of our community and beyond. Also, it is a celebration that grief has softened for thousands of bereaved and that they can appreciate life and the people in their life.”
Celebration of HOPE is Hope for Bereaved’s major fundraiser as it does not receive annual institutional funding from any source.
HOPE’s start and services
HOPE for Bereaved, an independent, not-for-profit organization, was founded by Therese Schoeneck on Dec. 4, 1978 — just 15 months after the death of their 21-year-old daughter Mary in a car accident. At that time, there were no formal support groups in New York state. From her personal experience, Therese knew how important it was to reach out to the bereaved. Over the years, when volunteers and staff members of HOPE saw a need, they would add a support group, program or service. They find it rewarding to hear that HOPE’s book, counseling, newsletter or support group, “saved my life.”
HOPE provides its core services (12 different monthly support groups, one-on-one counseling and a monthly newsletter) at no charge for grieving children, adults and families. HOPE also holds grief workshops for daycare providers, on-site bereavement support for employees dealing with grief in the workplace, school resource kits, along with training and resources for helping individuals with developmental disabilities cope with grief. Since 1978, HOPE has helped thousands learn to manage grief.
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