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.
The Golden Sweater
Many loved ones were lost this past year and more people are searching for ways to deal with their grief. Hospice & HomeCare of Reno County invites you to watch this video featuring an animated book, The Golden Sweater. This thought provoking book shares a child’s journey coping with grief through strength and love. Hospice Social Worker, also shares some tips on helping children and their families grieve. Learn more.
“Space to Grieve” is a one day camp for kids coping with loss. This free camp is provided in partnership with the Cosmosphere and other community partners. Our camp provides an opportunity for children to process their grief alongside peers who share similar experiences. Learn more.
We are available to work with schools and/or church groups in our service area, providing children’s grief support. Parents/guardians and community members who identify youth grief counseling needs may contact our Bereavement Team, 800.267.6891, for additional support and resources.
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, and teddy bear. 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.
Additional Children’s Bereavement Resources
Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, these resources provide additional help.
Grief Watch Our mission is to serve the bereaved. Grief Watch publishes, books, videotapes, audiotapes and other helpful resources aimed at persons who have suffered loss.
The Compassionate Friend When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Dougy Center If you’re grieving, or you’re helping someone who is grieving, Dougy Center is here for you. Find tip sheets, activities, podcasts, and more through our personalized toolkits.
GriefNet.org An internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, trauma and major loss.