The holiday season is hard for those coping with grief, and one organization is lending a hand to help those on their journey.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network of Benewah County (SPAN) will host a grief workshop this month.

SPAN member Amanda Beckner said the group hopes to help anyone in the community who is grieving and needs help finding the right path.

“This workshop is aimed to give you tools so you don’t feel stuck in your grief or feel alone,” Beckner said.

At the event the group will provide resources about counselors in the area and more. There will also be a presentation given by Tracy Oeser, a grief survivor who started the program ‘Journey Thru Grief’ to help others coping with loss.

Beckner said she hopes the program connects with people and helps those who are grieving over a variety of issues.

“I want the entire community to feel welcome even if it's not suicide grief,” Beckner said.

Beckner said SPAN wanted to host this event during the holiday season because for some who have lost a loved one, this is the hardest time of year.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are hard for families who are coping and its easy to feel lost or alone,” Beckner said.

Those who attend will take part in a craft activity conducted by Oeser as well. Light snacks will be provided by Wendy Appel of 208 Bakery.

The community is encouraged to pre-register for the workshop as SPAN is limiting the amount of in-person attendance to 25 attendees. The workshop will also be presented virtually.

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at the John Denny Building at the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

The event is free. To pre-register or find out more about virtual attendance, visit

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