Losing a spouse can be devastating, and it’s often the normal rituals of cooking and mealtimes that become difficult in the wake of a loss.
Langley Hospice Society is bringing back its Cooking For One class for the second year, after a successful pilot project last year, said society spokesperson Shannon Todd Booth.
“We believe that by offering programs like Cooking For One, for individuals who have experienced the loss of a partner or spouse, to learn how – or even re-discover how – to cook for themselves, in an environment with others who are grieving similar losses, that we can support them in ways that impact their everyday life, beginning with basic nutrition and establishing healthy social connections,” Todd Booth said in an email to the Langley Advance.
Adult bereavement clients of Hospice often share that it is difficult to go home at night after work to cook and eat alone, and that “everything tastes like sawdust.”
The teacher of Cooking For One is chef Sue Wiebe of the Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store.
The class is a hands-on event at Well Seasoned’s on-site teaching kitchen.
Participants will learn how to cook healthy meals, including new recipes, and build connections with people who have gone through a similar loss.
There are two upcoming courses, on March 23 and May 18, each from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The program is free of charge, but class size is limited and an application is mandatory. To apply, contact Marianne by email at email@example.com or by phone at 604-530-1115.
The program is part of the Hospice Society’s adult bereavement program, which supported more than 500 people last year through one-on-one grief support.