Great River Hospice Offers Workshop to Help Youth Overcome Loss of a Loved One

Free event helps children know they are not alone

West Burlington, Iowa, July 18, 2018 – Great River Hospice is hosting a free program to help youths ages 7 to 15 who have experienced a loss that has greatly affected their lives. The Climb: A Workshop to Help Youth Overcome the Loss of a Loved One is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington.

Participants will celebrate the lives of their loved ones, connect with peers who have similar experiences and conquer physical obstacles – the rock-climbing tower at Great River Wellness Gym – while learning how to conquer emotional barriers. They also will create keepsakes in remembrance of their loved ones.

“The main goal of this program is to let youth know they are not alone and there are other children going through the same thing,” said Megan Woodard, Great River Hospice social worker and workshop coordinator. “The Climb was developed after we surveyed grief services in the area and discovered there were few resources for youth. Schools do a good job of supporting youth who have lost loved ones, but sometimes other resources are needed to support kids and parents.”

The workshop will be led by Great River Hospice social workers and a chaplain. An optional parent session from 1 to 2 p.m. will include a discussion on children’s reactions to grief and loss, and ways to support them. It will be led by a Great River Hospice social worker and Kim Rector, a teacher, who specializes in early childhood education.

Registration is required for both programs. For more information or to register, please call Great River Hospice at 319-768-3350.