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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hospice program helps grieving kids cope with loss

INDIANAPOLIS – Death is a part of the life cycle, and it’s especially difficult for children to grasp and make sense out of it.
That’s why Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service at St. Francis Hospice offers Caterpillar Kids, a free support program that offers learning experiences for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
“Children do grieve and they may express it differently than adults, but their feelings are as genuine and essential in healing,” said spiritual bereavement counselor Roberta White. “Caterpillar Kids brings children 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.”
The program will offer its Fall Caterpillar Kids series Wednesdays on Sept, 17 and Sept. 24, and Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. The free sessions meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is required.
Meetings are at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 South, one mile north of Greenwood Park Mall.
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.

To register or for more information about Caterpillar Kids, call 317-528-2092, or toll free at 1-800-390-9915.