Children’s Bereavement

Children’s Bereavement

Caring for Kids Facing Loss

Our Children’s Bereavement program is designed specifically for school aged children (kindergarten through 17) and focuses on helping children understand their feelings, process their grief, recognize that they are not alone, and learn coping skills as they integrate loss of a loved one into their life. 

School Support Groups

We work with schools in our service area, providing children’s grief support groups in collaboration with Kidzcope of Wichita. Groups gather during the school day, for 30-45 minutes, once per week, for eight weeks. Children – identified by school counselors as candidates for grief counseling – engage in hands-on activities and facilitated conversations to help identify and process their grief.

“Space to Grieve” Kids Kamp

HHRC hosts an annual “Space to Grieve” camp for kids coping with loss. The one-day camp is an opportunity for children to process their grief alongside peers who share similar experiences. Learn more.

Kid’s Kit

Our unique and award-winning Kid’s Kit was carefully created to help young children understand and accept terminal illness and death. Each kit includes two children’s books, crayons, a teddy bear, and a parenting pamphlet. The books teach children about grief and encourage them to share their grief with others.  

Developed by our agency in the early 1990s, the Kid’s Kit received the National Hospice Organization (NHO) Award of Excellence in 1993. Learn more.

“Tinsel and Tears”

HHRC’s annual holiday tradition, “Tinsel and Tears,” is for grieving families in the community.  Families come together and learn coping skills for the holiday season, along with fun holiday activities. Learn more.