Hospice of Texarkana wants to help children experiencing grief

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it's especially difficult for children and young teens.

Hospice of Texarkana is offering a program to help them learn how to cope with loss.

Anyone ages 7 to 15 is welcome to attend the "Good Grief Day" event on Friday, June 16th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Richmond Road Baptist Church.

Hospice of Texarkana officials say trained grief counselors will have activities that will help kids who have lost a loved one to death, divorce, a move, a parent serving in the military or being incarcerated.

The "Good Grief Day" program will include pet therapy, creating a memory square, and a balloon release.

Organizers say the activities will help participants recognize what grief is and how to cope with those emotions in a healthy way.

"They're here and they see that other children are kind of in the same boat they're in. For kids that's so important that they don't feel like they stick out like a sore thumb, or feel like other children are not going through the same things they are," said Amy Mohon, Hospice of Texarkana Director of Social Services.

Statistics show that one in five children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.

Organizers of Good Grief Day say they're expecting about 25 children to participate on Friday's program.

There's no cost to attend but you must reserve a seat.

For more information, call Kelli at 903-794-4263.

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