Grief Support Groups at Milward: Grandparents Conference Set

Milward Funeral Directors is hosting free support group meetings for those who have experienced a loss on the third Tuesday of every month through October at 1509 Trent Boulevard. The next session is scheduled for March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings offer support and encouragement, while helping participants deal with grief through a group study of the book “Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones” by Dr. Alan WolfeIt.

This book helps readers understand how to embrace pain and loss, lean on others for help and to trust in their own ability to heal.

Each session will provide opportunities for voluntary journaling and sharing. Leading the sessions will be Lori Casey, a registered nurse and associate pastor at St. Matthews Baptist church in Louisville. She is also a board certified chaplain on the palliative care team at Baptist Health Lexington.

Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates: March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. All are welcome to stay after the meeting for complimentary refreshments.

Info: 272-3414.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The 14th Annual Bluegrass Regional Grandparents As Parents Conference (GAP) will be held at the Clarion Hotel on Newtown Pike on Thursday, March 10.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The last session ends about 3:30 p.m. The registration fee, including lunch, is $5.

The conference will include eight one-hour workshops, a keynote address and a post-conference session.

The keynote speaker is Lisa Frederiksen of California who will address “Secondhand Drinking and Drugging: Impacts on Children and What Can Be Done to Halt the Damage.”

The workshops address topics that include the legal pitfalls of having full parenting responsibility for children not your own, how to deal with a child who comes to you traumatized by the abuse and neglect he or she has already endured, tax benefits for grandparents raising grandkids, and how to avoid caregiver burnout.

Volunteer attorneys will be available by appointment for free, one-on-one, 30-minute consultations about guardianship, custody, child support, and related legal issues faced by grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The conference is also open to professionals who can earn Continuing Education Units. The registration fee for professionals seeking CEUs is $50.

Info: (859) 257-5582.