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Kids grieve too

by Amanda Miller & Director of Community Development
| December 15, 2010 8:00 PM

Children are often called the forgotten mourners.

Children and teens grieve after the death of someone they love, but they often grieve differently than adults. Hospice of North Idaho's Kids Grieve Too program addresses the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced the death of someone in their life. Bereavement counselors provide support as they cope with emotions and changes that may be difficult, confusing, or frightening. Group programs foster sharing with peers, and movement and play are important parts of the grief process.

Here is a look at our diverse program for children and adolescents:

* One on one and family counseling sessions to help children express their feelings before and after the loss of a loved one

* Groups for children and teens that focus on play and art

* Eight- week grief groups offered in our local middle schools

* Annual Grief Camp in July at Camp Lutherhaven that encourages children to express feelings through play, art, recreation, and small group discussion

* Activities with local groups such as equine therapy, juggling, and creating memory making items such as quilts and ceramics

If your family has recently lost a loved one, let our resources on grief and loss help you and your children cope and find healing. Our programs are available to the entire community at no charge, and our vision is to be a helping and healing presence in our community.

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