February 11/19, St Thomas, ON – How do you help a child understand their grief and
the depth of emotions they feel when they experience a loss in their life, especially
the death of a loved one -- a loss that will affect them for the rest of their life
in so many ways?
According to research, children have been an overlooked population for bereavement
support services with many people believing that they did not need help to navigate
through the process. We know from stories that this is simply untrue. With this
in mind, VON Middlesex-Elgin embarked on offering a Kids' Circle bereavement program.
The program has been very successful in both Chatham/Kent and Oxford VON locations.
VON Kids' Circle is aimed at supporting grieving children who have experienced the
death of a loved one. VON Kids' Circle is an eight week program, providing group
support to children ages 5 to 11 and will take place at the VON office in St Thomas
– 175 South Edgeware Street. VON Kids' Circle will be facilitated by the Program
Coordinator as well as specially trained bereavement volunteers at no cost to families,
thanks to funding from the Southwest LHIN. The program also aims to provide practical
support for parents and caregivers by providing resources and information regarding
child and youth bereavement.
The inaugural program will begin on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00pm-7:30pm and
will continue for the following seven weeks on Wednesday evenings until May 8th.
Family members and caregivers are invited to attend the first session, for a special
presentation and discussion entitled "When Families Grieve." Registration is required
for this program. For more information and registration details, please contact
Becky Ahrens, Supportive Care and Bereavement Coordinator at VON Middlesex-Elgin
– firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 637-6408 ext 222 or 1-800-201-0909.