Providing Comfort and Hope to Families Facing Loss
The loss of a loved one can be a difficult challenge for families — particularly children. Sometimes those challenges go beyond the immediate shock and sadness of the loss itself. That’s why Mount Carmel Hospice & Palliative Care offers expert grief programs for children and families mourning the death of someone special to them. And why the Mount Carmel Foundation so eagerly supports them.
There are a number of Foundation-funded bereavement programs, and each offers a unique and creative way for the participants to engage with grief counselors and one another to manage their grief in a way that is most meaningful to them.
The Evergreen Program, a family-centered grief support group for children ages 6 through high school, uses play therapy and special programs and events to bring families together in healing. From Family Day at the Columbus Zoo, where participants learn about animal families, to the Butterfly Release, which allows families to symbolically let go, these exceptional programs help families connect in new ways and see loss from a different perspective.
The Foundation also supports Camp Hope, an annual weekend retreat at Ohio’s Marmon Valley Farms, where families can have fun together in a peaceful country setting and take part in therapeutic activities like drumming, horse painting and kite making while also taking part in supportive discussions about life and grief.
More than 1,400 kids and families were able to take part in grief programs last year alone, and just as many will have that opportunity next year with the Foundation’s support.
This article was originally published in the 2014 Annual Report to the Community.