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Holiday Happenings
Hospice Care Team, Inc.
News Release
Tuesday, December 02, 2008


To cap off our year’s events for grieving children, Hospice Care Team, Inc. (HCT) is pleased to announce a special Holiday Memories event for children and teens between the ages of 5 and 16 who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Traditionally, the holiday time is special for families, a time when losses are felt more acutely for children and teens, as well as the adults who care for them.  In response to this need, our Holiday Memories for Grieving Children is planned for December 13, to reach out to youngsters grieving the death of a loved one during this special time of the year.
Sponsored by a grant from YAGA Children’s Fund, the goal is to show grieving youngsters that the upcoming holiday season can be a time when good memories can be balanced with sadness.  By encouraging your child or teen to attend this event, you give them a special gift; permission to talk about their loss with their peers and grief counselors, and help them to honor the memory of their loved one(s) while they embrace the joy of the season.
Holiday Memories will be held at HCT’s Texas City office, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  With special age-appropriate activities and a time of sharing, children and teens will use their creativity to remember their loved ones in a different way this year.  Led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Child Life Specialist, activities will include remembering holidays past, holiday-themed crafts, a fun-filled pizza lunch, and a special balloon release to help grieving youngsters have closure from their loss.
Hospice Care Team is a non-profit, community-based hospice, serving, Friendswood, Clear Lake, Pasadena, Deer Park, Southeast Houston, Galveston and Brazoria Counties and surrounding areas since 1983.  The Holiday Memories event is free of charge, but space is limited.  For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact Rebecca Deaton, LCSW, or Kerry Morris, LBSW-CCLS, at (409) 938-0070 or (800) 545-8738.

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