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Your Views: Wear blue on Thursday to support grieving kids

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November 19, 2013

Please join the staff of Beloit Regional Hospice in wearing blue this Thursday as we honor all of the grieving children and teens in our communities. Nov. 21, National Children's Grief Awareness Day, represents an opportunity for us all to take a moment to consider the youth in our community and in our lives who are struggling with the loss of someone close to them.

More families may be struggling with the deaths of family members than may be commonly thought. A 2009 survey conducted by New York Life with Comfort Zone Camp found that one of nine Americans surveyed had lost a parent before age 20.

Every day the Grief Support Department at Beloit Regional Hospice reaches out to the youth of the community who are struggling with grief issues. In addition, we offer support to the adults in their lives to assist them in coping with the challenges faced by grieving children.

“Creating opportunities for the bereaved, kids first and foremost, to connect with peers who are going through the very same thing does wonders in banishing these feelings of 'difference' and is one of the most valuable ways to support bereaved families,” says Andy McNiel of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

Please contact Beloit Regional Hospice's Grief Support Department at 608-363-7421 for more information about services available to anyone in the community.

MELISSA OLSON

Grief Support Coordinator

Beloit Regional Hospice



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