Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one?

Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one? Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a hands-on workshop to help guide children ages 4-17 and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with death. Memorial Chaplain Laurie Oswalt appeared on KIT 1280 on Jan. 27, 2015, to talk more about the upcoming workshop.

 

The workshop will provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and meet others who have experienced a similar loss. While children are participating in activities to assist their recovery, parents and guardians will be involved in their own grief recovery program geared for adults.

 

Key points about grieving children:

  • Every kid grieves differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.
  • Can be feelings of anger, sadness, worry, relief, fear or numbness.

 

How a child or teen grieves varies depending on a number of factors:

  • what social support systems are available – family or friends
  • the circumstances of the death – how, when and where the person died
  • the nature of the relationship with the person who died – harmonious or conflicted
  • the child or teen’s involvement in the dying process
  • previous experiences with death

 

This workshop is intended to help children and teens work through these feelings and safely share them in a safe environment. Activities include writing, drawing, team-building and art.

 

This workshop will be held:

 

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road, Yakima

 

Lunch will be provided for every family, and parents are encouraged to enjoy lunch with the children before the activities begin. This workshop is provided at no charge to participants.

 

For more information or to register, contact Denise Mitzel at 577-5062 or DeniseMitzel@yvmh.org.

 

Registrations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 6.

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