Art From the Grieving Heart Ceremony is Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
HANCOCK, MI - The awards ceremony for the fourth annual Art From the Grieving Heart writing contest will take place Thursday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.
Winners of the contest will be awarded a certificate and have been invited to read their composition at the April 7 ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Community Coalition of Grief and Bereavement, the purpose of the writing contest is to encourage community members to express grief or loss in writing, and begin to accept the grieving process as a normal part of life.
As a prelude to the writing contest, Finlandia University faculty members and junior-level Elementary Education majors prepared and distributed to 30 area schools a selection of lesson plans for use by teachers in elementary, middle, and high school classes. The lesson plans focused on activities teachers could use to introduce and discuss with their students the topics of grief and loss, and encourage their students' expressions of grief in writing.
This year, 95 short stories, essays, and poems were submitted by youth and adults of all ages. Winners in nine age groups were selected by a panel composed of a representative of the Coalition, a Finlandia faculty member, and five Finlandia Elementary Education majors.
The Community Coalition of Grief and Bereavement was established in 1996 and serves citizens in Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties. The Coalition has a 12-member board of directors and about 90 members, including representatives from health care, churches, businesses, schools, and community agencies.
Along with the essay contest, the Coalition offers support to those coping with loss and grief and organizes a variety of learning and awareness activities for children and adults.
For additional information about the Art From the Grieving Heart writing contest, contact Coalition members Pam Anderson at 906-524-6711, or Barbara Kendall at 906-482-8048.