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8 Week Program Helps Children With Grief

4-3 rob webGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Over the next eight weeks, families with children will meet in a support group at the Lovejoy Hospice in Grants Pass to receive special support in dealing with the death of a family member or loved one.

The group named Lovejoy’s Treehouse has two session every year and helps guide children through creative and engaging activities related to grieving.

The goal is to encourage communication and offer support, guidance, a listening ear for children and families.

Lovejoy Hospice officials said everyone has an individual grief pattern and children are no different.

While each child may deal with things differently, the program has ways of bringing everyone together, highlighted by each family planting a tree to remember their loved one.

“With the idea being that it’s something they can do together and watch it live and be able for that to  be a place for them to remember the person that  they’ve lost to death,” said Lovejoy Hospice Social Support Services Manager Nancy Livingood.

Professionally trained pets will also be brought in during the coming weeks to offer therapy to the families.

The bereavement program has been going on for many years now and has no charge. Organizers said this session is full, however, those interested are encouraged to apply for the next eight week session in early October.