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Thursday, August 28, 2008

St. Francis Hospice program helps youngsters cope with grief

INDIANAPOLIS – Consider the caterpillar: It builds a cocoon and remain safe until it transforms and emerges into a new life, one that takes flight.

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. And that’s why St. Francis Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12.

The latest program gets under way Wednesday, Sept. 24, with each session meeting at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South in Indianapolis.

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 help them support their children.

Registration is required. To register, call Karla Norton at 317-859-2879.

More information about St. Francis Hospice is at