Wednesday, September 23, 2015

State of the Heart Hospice Schedules Children’s Grief Group in Greenville

A children’s Grief Support Group will occur on Thursdays in October at State of the Heart Hospice’s Darke County Office (1350 N. Broadway, Greenville). The free sessions will be held each Thursday evening through October 29th from 4:30 to 6pm and are for children ages six through twelve. There need be no association with hospice and the sessions are free.

“The loss of a loved one impacts us all in a different way,” stated Ashlee Carder, Hospice Music Therapist and grief support specialist. “This is particularly true of children as they grieve differently from adults.” She added, “The grief support groups provide a ‘safe place’ for young people to express themselves and to find that there are other youth who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions that they have.”

State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, provides care to families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are facing a life limiting illness. An important part of the care is bereavement support which is provided free to anyone in the communities served, regardless of association with hospice.

“We offer our grief support groups for children at different times throughout the year,” Carder said. “We always have a good response which tells me there is a definite need to offer this grief support to youth in our community.” She added that the non-profit agency also offers grief support sessions at area schools. The bereavement team from State of the Heart has helped schools when a death occurs suddenly, offering counseling to both students and staff.

State of the Heart will provide additional services to youth grieving the loss of a loved one at the agency’s annual Camp Bearable which will be held July 15-17, 2016 at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. The camp is free and there need be no association with hospice care.

Those wishing to attend the Children’s Grief Support Group must register in advance. To register or to learn more about bereavement care for all ages, contact any member of the bereavement staff at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the agency web site at

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