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Brazoria County
Hospice Care Team, Inc.
News Release
Friday, June 04, 2010

“FATHER’S DAY MEMORIES” EVENTS FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
In Lake Jackson and Texas City areas

If you have had a recent death in your family, you probably noticed that the children and teens respond differently to the death than the adults.

Children who are struggling to come to terms with the death of a beloved parent, grandparent or sibling may show subtle clues that they are still grieving, such as sleep disturbances or regressive behaviors. They may even quietly wonder whether they are somehow responsible for the death of their loved one.

Physical symptoms and behavioral changes are normal for grieving youngsters and teens, and may appear, disappear and reappear over a long period of time. Children may not be as obvious in how they show their grief, but like adults, they feel their loss more acutely on special days.

To acknowledge these special feelings, Hospice Care Team plans two special Father’s Day events for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a father, grandfather, or father figure.

These grant-sponsored events will be held at HCT’s Lake Jackson office on June 12th, and at our Texas City office on June 19th. Special age-appropriate activities will be provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on each of those dates, to help children and teens acknowledge and honor their memories of these special people in a different way this year.

Led by licensed counselors, the children will move from age-appropriate activities designed to promote remembering and sharing of memories to a fun-filled pizza lunch. Each of those attending will take home special memory items they have created, to place on their loved one’s grave or to keep. 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 Father’s Day Memories events are being offered free of charge. SSBG Health Collaborative funding has been made possible by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. For additional information or to register your child or teen for the event, please contact Rebecca Deaton, LCSW or Cindy Arispe, MSW, at (409) 938-0070, or (800) 545-8738.




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