When children experience a loss, they may not have the vocabulary to accurately express their grief. However, children love art, and we know art can help children who are grieving. Drawing, painting and molding clay provide an outlet for a child who is suffering the loss of a loved one. With other grieving children, they can commemorate and validate their feelings artistically and view their own healing through their art.
The Elaine Litman Endowment for Arts in Bereavement has provided a foundation for continued arts in the Partners In Care Children’s Grief Program. The endowment enables Partners In Care to use art as a primary mode of supporting children through their grief process. Children are encouraged to express themselves through various artistic expressions. Whether they are painting or coloring a portrait of how they see themselves, remembering those they love or what it feels like to experience the death of someone they love, they are releasing their feelings about death and loss. They create keepsakes, such as memory boxes, to remind them of those things they cherished about the person who loved them.
Partners In Care offers a variety of opportunities and support for children and their families—available to everyone in the community, not just our patients.
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Children’s Bereavement Programs
- School-Based Grief Groups
An eight-week program, held one day a week for an hour, these services are offered in the school environment to give grieving children or adolescents a safe place to be with others in similar grief experiences. The curriculum covers feelings, coping strategies and identifying positive support, using art, music and play. Grades K through 12.
- My Friend’s House
Inquire about our next session in fall of 2020. This program is offered over eight weeks, held one day a week for ninety minutes. These special sessions are tailored to work with the family unit, including the grieving child, any siblings, parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers. Adults and children meet in separate groups. Through art, music and play, children focus on feelings, coping strategies, and identifying positive support. The adult focus is on understanding the unique needs of the children and how they can help and support. Additional support is provided to the adults, giving insight into understanding their own grief and providing a support network to help them through the process. Dinner is provided for the evening groups. There is no cost for these groups.
- Individual Support
Short-term individual support counseling sessions are available to families and children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Additionally, we offer support to children and families facing the imminent death of a loved one.
- Camp Courage
A four-day, free summer art camp, Camp Courage provides a safe and healing environment where children can share and express their feelings of loss and grief through art. This camp allows the children a fun and safe environment to explore, express and share their grief journey with others their age. Please see our Camp Courage page for the upcoming group schedule and registration information.