Monday, March 04, 2019
by Cara Lotspeich • firstname.lastname@example.org
Grief retreat for teens to be held in June
BJC HOSPICE | Labyrinth, a one-day grief retreat for teens ages 13-19 who have experienced the death of a loved one, will be held June 1 at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center in St. Louis.
“Grief is a natural reaction to a death, but it doesn’t always feel natural because it can be difficult to control the feelings, thoughts and physical reactions that often happen after a loss,” says Andrea Tritinger, BJC Hospice bereavement coordinator. “The death of someone important can cause teens to feel isolated, different from others, and as if there’s no one who can understand what they’re feeling.”
The Labyrinth retreat provides an opportunity for teens to get support from one another as they participate in creative, physical and musical activities, discuss their experiences with the group, and receive guidance from grief support professionals throughout the day.
Through special activities and sharing, teens will learn ways to identify and express their grief, remember the loved one who was lost, and learn tools to cope with the loss in the future. They’ll also learn that they aren’t alone, how to ask for help, how to cooperate with others, teamwork and that they aren’t the only ones who lost someone.
Labyrinth is offered at no cost to participants due to generous individual and corporate donations from the communities BJC serves.
For more information, email email@example.com, call 314-953-1676 or visit bjchospice.org.
In the words of retreat participants:
Taking steps toward healing with Stepping Stones camp
BJC HOSPICE | The journey through grief and loss can be difficult and lonely, especially for a child.
Stepping Stones is a weekend camp for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend.
For 20 years, Stepping Stones camp has provided a safe place to explore grief, anger and fear — balanced by plenty of fun. This year’s camp will be held Aug. 9-11. The camp is offered at no cost to participants and is open to any child who has lost a loved one, not only those who were served by BJC Hospice.
“The loss of someone significant can impact a child in many ways,” says Andrea Tritinger, BJC Hospice bereavement coordinator. “It can cause challenges in their day-to-day lives, and those challenges will evolve with them over time.
“Experiencing a loss can also make children feel alone and isolated — either because people around them avoid talking about it to protect the child or they don’t know other children who have lost someone,” Tritinger adds.
Coming to Stepping Stones camp can provide a safe space for campers to be around other people who “get it,” express feelings and share memories, and learn coping tools, while also having plenty of camp fun.
Some of the activities include creating a stepping stone, team building, swimming, campfires and free time. The camp and activities are led by professional staff.
Stepping Stones offers a place for children to remember and honor their loved one in an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 314-953-1676 or visit bjchospice.org. Click here to watch a video about the camp.
In the words of previous participants:
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3/17/2019 1:48 PM
So wonderful. Keep up the fantastic work.