Bravehearts Summer Program 2019 at the Utica Zoo!
How can I help my child when I am going through grief myself? My child isn’t crying or talking about the death, should I be worried that he/she is not grieving? My child is having trouble sleeping and doesn’t want to go to bed alone; is this normal? My child is reacting now to a death that happened some time ago, why is this happening? These are some of the questions that worry parents as families go through the grief following the death of a loved one.
Each child goes through the grief process in a unique way, as do adults. As they grow, children revisit their grief at each developmental milestone as their understanding of life and death evolves. When parents are grieving, children sometimes feel left out and isolated in their grief. They may not have any peers who have been through a major loss, and feeling different can be an uncomfortable experience for them.
Brave Hearts, a day long program by Hospice and Palliative Care, will be held July 26, 2019 at the Utica Zoo for children ages 6 to 12. The program will offer fun activities which teach children and allow them to express, understand, and cope effectively with their grief. Children will also have the experience of touring the zoo and feeding some of the animals. A short program for adults will be offered to provide education and tools to help parents help their children.
For more information, call the Hospice Bereavement Services line 315-735-6487 ext. 1214.