“It’s almost unbelievable how much better things are in our home. I want other parents and children to know: it’s never too late to get help for your pain.”
- Mother of a Journeys participant
The grief journey can be lonely for a child, filled with sadness, anger, and fear.
Our Center’s team of art therapists, bereavement counselors, and volunteers provides children with a safe and positive place to understand, learn, and grieve. Journeys uses expressive, music, and art therapy to help kids—ages four to eighteen—express their feelings, cope with the death, and create memories in a safe and caring environment. The program includes individual counseling by our caring and professional bereavement specialists, multi-week support groups, and full-day bereavement camps. The camps provide children and families a day of creative expression, adventure, grief education, and bonding with others grieving a loss just like them (lunch and snacks provided). Our Journeys program is provided to patients’ families at no cost. See the Journeys calendar for all upcoming groups!
Journeys Support Workshops
Journeys is now offering monthly stand-alone bereavement workshops for families with children ages 5 and up who have experienced a death. Activities are different each month, based on the season. Evenings include dinner, introduction to the month's "theme" and for the children & teens, exploration of the thoughts and feelings of grief through creative expression. During the children's art activity, adults meet with a bereavement counselor.
All groups meet the second Thursday of each month beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner, concluding at 7:00 p.m. Please call our Journeys department to pre-register, for meeting location and for the current month's theme.
Journeys Bereavement Camps
The Center for Children offers two bereavement camps per year. The camps provide children (5+), teens, and/or families, surrounded by others who have also experienced a death, a day of creative expression, adventure, grief education, and bonding (lunch and snacks provided).
The Journeys Spring Bereavement Day Camp is for 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 a circle, and a meaningful closing ceremony. Parents and guardians are invited to a support group at the beginning of the day and to the closing ceremony.
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