The Journeys Program
The journey through grief and loss may be difficult and lonely. Children and adolescents are sometimes “forgotten grievers.” They need a safe place to express the grief, anger, and fear related to loss — thereby developing important coping skills. Through Journeys supportive activities, children and teens discover that they are not alone and their feelings are normal.
Through the Journeys program, Hospice of the Piedmont supports children and teens, ages 4 to 18, and their parents who are affected by the serious illness or the death of a loved one. Throughout the year, grief support groups are facilitated by a bereavement counselor and art therapists, helping families navigate the grief journey through expression of thoughts, feelings, and fears. Registered art therapists and trained volunteers use art and other creative means to help the children and teens express their inner feelings, while parents/guardians meet with a bereavement counselor for support in living with their own loss and to learn how best to support their grieving children.
Groups meet for six consecutive weeks starting on Thursday, October 3, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There is also a Journeys Holiday Workshop on Thursday, November 21, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. All groups will take place at Hospice of the Piedmont offices and a light dinner will be provided.
The Luminary Workshop on Tuesday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m., offers an opportunity for children and families to create a personal luminary to display at the service before the Memorial Illumination, a community celebration of life. A light dinner and snacks will be provided. The workshop will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
For families who have been affected by the death of a loved one, Fall Family Day Camp is for children and teens ages 5-18, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families will participate in activities and creative expression which will encourage bonding and communication, while memorializing a loved one. Activities include scrapbook-making, art and music expression, flying squirrel and other outdoor activities, grief education, lunch, snacks, and a meaningful closing ceremony. The Camp will start at 8:45 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m. at Triple C Camp in Charlottesville.
Grief Education and Support for the Community
As part of Hospice of the Piedmont’s commitment to the community, Journeys services are available to schools, community groups and the general public. These services include grief support groups facilitated by bereavement counselors and/or registered art therapists within the school or community group, limited individual work with a registered art therapist, consultation and/or education programs for agencies or groups who work with children and teens, and parental education and support.
To speak to a counselor or to learn more about the Journeys Program, give us a call at 434-817-6900, 1-800-975-5501 or email us at email@example.com (please provide your contact information).
Funding for the Journeys Program
Journeys is one of the programs provided by Hospice of the Piedmont as a public service. Therefore, there is no cost to access Journeys support. Gifts and grants from community partners and donations from participants and their families help fund this program each year. We gratefully accept gifts designated for Journeys; contributions are tax-deductible.
Referrals to the Journeys Program
Anyone in the community can refer a young person to the Journeys program; however, parent/guardian permission is required for participation. Individuals, schools, community agencies, and professionals who are aware of youth anticipating or experiencing grief related to serious illness or the death of a loved one are encouraged to contact Hospice of the Piedmont for information about Journeys groups or upcoming camps. Parents or guardians of a child or teen who has experienced such a loss may contact Hospice of the Piedmont at 434-817-6900.