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. Journeys Support Services Through the Journeys program, Hospice of the Piedmont provides support in groups and one-on-one sessions to 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 and individual sessions are facilitated by a bereavement counselor and art therapists, helping individuals and 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. For the next Journeys support group dates, please click here to view the Journeys event calendar. Individual sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis. To apply for group or individual support, please select the appropriate link below. Call 434-817-6900 for more information.

Click here to apply online. Click here to download a copy of the application.

Journeys Camp

The next Journeys Spring Bereavement Camp Day will take place on May 6, 2017, at Camp Holiday Trails from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Click here for a flyer about the Spring Bereavement Camp. Children and teens (5-18) who’ve experienced the death of a loved one are invited to a day camp that will memorialize their loved one. The day camp will include a challenge course adventure, a scavenger hike, creative expression through art and music, a delicious lunch, a healing circle, and meaningful closing ceremony.  Parents and guardians are invited to a support group at the beginning of the day and the closing ceremony. There is no cost for anyone to attend the Journeys camp! To register, please complete the registration form and waiver.

Click here to register online.

Click here to download a copy of the registration form.

Click here to download a copy of the waiver. health_system_logo_2color (2)Special thanks to UVA Health Systems, whose underwriting support made the Journeys camp possible. WFM Special thanks to Whole Foods for their support of the Journeys camp!

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 protected] (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.