Opened in August of 2015, the vision for The Shed was one of a peaceful place to house all of Serenity Hospice’s Bereavement Programs. The two bereavement coordinators would be there full-time and in the back would be a full-functioning workshop used to re-purpose furniture donated to Angel Treasures. It has long been recognized the therapeutic value of creating and working with your hands and The Shed is able to offer that type of therapy to grieving individuals.
Now just a year later, The Shed has morphed into a community gathering spot, a creative, organic growing group of people, some of them grieving a recent loss, some of them not, who work together to create beautiful furniture and decorative items. One of their best selling items are inspirational messages painted onto pallet wood. “We are basically Pinterest come to life,” laughs Bereavement Coordinator, Cathy Warren. “When one of our volunteers sees something they want to do, we find a way to try and make it happen. We have made beautiful garden greenhouses and we have refinished pieces of furniture for people. The volunteers who help here are amazing.”
People suffering from losses of loved ones, losses of their former lives, losses of their physical ability to do their jobs or hobbies. People just wanting to give back to the community. People looking for companionship. People who have felt the power of Serenity Hospice and want to help. People from all walks of life– -students, walking clubs, women’s groups, civic organizations, scouting troops, church groups, Veterans, camps, individuals– -all have been to The Shed.
Many of Serenity’s bereavement groups are held in the facility’s meeting room and movie nights are held there as well. “Through talking with so many, I realized that Sunday is actually a very hard day for people who have lost their spouses,” Warren said. “So we now open two Sundays a month for fun, food, music, games and cards.” The Shed opens 1:00 pm-4:00 pm on the second and fourth Sundays of each month and people just drop in to have some fun. Sometimes people just stop in to see what’s going on, have a cup of coffee and homemade cookie and then go on about their day.