Skip to content

Kids' Grief and Healing

We provide non-medical support for children and teens who’ve lost loved ones. Through our Journeys camps, teen groups, and creative expression programs, we help young people (4-18) forge connections with others and develop coping skills.

About

Hospice of the Piedmont Kid's Grief and Healing

Our Kids’ Grief and Healing program provides community and creative healing to youth in need, whether or not their loved one received care from Hospice of the Piedmont. 

The journey through grief and loss may be difficult and lonely, especially for children and adolescents, who are sometimes forgotten grievers. They need a safe place to express the sadness, anger, and fear related to loss — developing important coping skills through this process.

download the calendar of upcoming events

Upcoming Events

Join Journeys families for activity time with special guest presenters and Kids’ Grief and Healing Counselors. Families will be encouraged to remember loved ones, express feelings, learn coping skills, and have fun together.

S'more Journeys Drive-In Camp

Saturday, December 10th
11:00am - 1:00pm (In Person)


Highlights include a "HeART" Community Memorial, drumming, movement, hot chocolate and free lunch. Events will be held in Charlottesville and Culpeper. Ages 4-12 welcome!

Examples of Luminaries created by children

Family Luminary Workshop

Thursday, December 15th
5:30 - 6:30pm (In Person)


The Luminary Workshop 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. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.

S'more Journeys Camp@Home

Thursday, January 12th
5:30pm - 6:30pm (via Zoom)


Theme: Finding Light in the Darkness
Attendees will receive Camp@Home materials, build a memorial lantern, enjoy s’mores with a virtual campfire, remember their loved ones, and more. Ages 4-12 welcome!

S'more Journeys Camp@Home

Thursday, February 9th
5:30pm - 6:30pm (via Zoom)


Theme: Healing Hearts with Hope
Attendees will receive Camp@Home materials before the meeting. Create art projects to share, enjoy s’mores with a virtual campfire, create a song, explore hope, and more. Ages 4-12 welcome!

Journeys Spring Grief Camp

Saturday, April 15th
8:45am - 4:30pm


Children and teens ages 5-17 who have lost a person close to them are invited to attend this full day camp that will include drumming, music, art making, nature exploration, a challenge course, pet therapy, and a candlelight memorial. Campers will have fun, see that they are not alone, and understand that their feelings of grief are normal.

Recurring Events

Teenagers work on art projects

Oasis Grief Support for Teens

Third Tuesday of Every Month
5:30pm - 6:30pm (via Zoom)

Teens who know what it is like to experience the death of someone they love are invited to this monthly gathering. Oasis meets over Zoom for discussion, art, and support. We will connect with each other, do expressive activities, and share our joys and concerns. Unique grief topics will be explored, and each teen will find that they are not alone. Groups facilitated by board certified, registered art therapists. Ages 13-17 welcome!

REgister for events

To learn more, fill out the form below, call us at 434-817-6915, or email us at kidsgrief@hopva.org.

Kids' Grief and Healing Application