EVENT FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
If you have had a recent death in your family, you probably noticed that children and teens respond differently to the death than adults. And, when the death is that of a sibling, special challenges can arise.
Children and teens that have experienced the death of a brother or sister may feel more vulnerable, and may be at higher risk for behavioral problems. Even youngsters who were emotionally strong prior to their siblings’ death may experience a profound sense of loss as their roles within the family change and their expectations about the future are challenged.
Physical symptoms and behavioral changes are normal for these grieving youngsters and teens, and may appear, disappear and reappear over a long period of time. Grieving siblings may not be as obvious in how they show their grief, but like adults, they feel their loss acutely, and benefit from talking about it with others who are grieving similar losses.
To acknowledge these special feelings, Hospice Care Team plans a special Sibshop event for children ages 6 to 16 who are grieving the death of a brother or sister.
Sponsored by a grant from Valero’s Open Hearts Golf Tournament, the event will be held at HCT’s Texas City office on October 17. Special age-appropriate activities will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help children and teens acknowledge their loss and to honor their brother or sister in a special way.
Led by a licensed counselor, the children will move from age-appropriate activities designed to promote remembering and sharing of memories to a fun-filled pizza lunch. Each child will take home special memory items they have created. A special balloon release is planned for the finale, to help the grieving youngsters have closure from their loss.
Hospice Care Team is a non-profit, community based hospice serving Galveston and Brazoria Counties, Friendswood, Clear Lake, Pasadena, Deer Park, Southeast Houston and surrounding areas since 1983. The Sibshop event is free of charge, but space is limited. For additional information or to register your child for the event, please contact Rebecca Deaton, LCSW or Cindy Arispe, at (409) 938-0070, or (800) 545-8738.