Free Grief Support Programs Offered to Children, Teens and Adults in Greenwood
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Death is a part of the life cycle, and it's especially difficult for children to grasp and make sense out of it, particularly when they lose a loved one.
Franciscan VNS Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12.
Additionally, Teen Grief Support Group is offered to those from 13 to 18 years of age.
The dates for both programs are from April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26. The workshops, which are free, are from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meetings are at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South, one mile north of Greenwood Park Mall.
"Children and teens do grieve and they may express it differently than adults, but their feelings are as genuine and essential in healing,” said Karla Riggs Norton, spiritual bereavement coordinator. "We bring youth together in a safe, nurturing environment where they receive information about grief and learn healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one."
Led by staff trained in bereavement support for children, youngsters participate in storytelling, art projects, games and other sharing opportunities. Parents also are invited to participate in a concurrent session to assist them in supporting their children.
Franciscan VNS Hospice also offers ongoing grief support programs for adults:
Bereavement Support Group
Meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Education Services and Support Center (ESSC), 421 North Emerson Avenue, Greenwood.
Adult Event Support Group
This is a six-week support group series which meets Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the ESSC, 421 North Emerson Avenue, Greenwood.
- Series 1: March 23, 30; April 6 and 13
- Series 2: May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1 and 8
- Series 3: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12 and 19
Adult Day Group
This is a six-week support group series which meets Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the ESSC, 421 North Emerson Avenue, Greenwood.
- Series 1: March 14, 21 and 28
- Series 2: May 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6 and 13
- Series 3: September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10 and 17
To register or for more information about any of Franciscan VNS Hospice bereavement programs, call Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636.
By Joe Stuteville
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