Losing a loved one to death is a common but difficult experience in a child’s life. The Heart Songs program offers help to grieving children and teens who are surviving a recent loss.
Heart Songs provides education about children’s grief processes and offers support for grieving children in individual and group settings. Through the program, children learn about their grief and develop strategies that help them work through the process. Parents and other caring adults can develop confidence in supporting children during this difficult time in their lives.
Special Programs and Events
In addition to individual and group counseling, Heart Songs offers several unique grief programs throughout the year. All programs offered by Heart Songs are free of charge. Contact Blair Stockton at 828-233-0334 to register or for more information.
Camp Heart Songs
Camp Heart Songs is a two-day overnight camp that allows children ages 6-12 to express their grief in a fun and safe environment. Some of the activities offered at camp include: swimming, rock wall climbing, arts and crafts, therapeutic small groups, pet therapy and games.
Please fill out the Pre-Application and mail to the address on the form or fax to 828-233-0350, ATTN: Blair Stockton. When the application is received and the pre-application has been approved, a full application packet will be sent to you.
Camp Heart Songs will be August 11th and 12th, 2018
LIFT – Life in Forward Transition
LIFT is a 5-session group bereavement program for children, teens and family members. Children and teens grieve differently than adults and their parents and caregivers often struggle with how best to support them. LIFT offers an experience of shared camaraderie in a nurturing and positive environment for the entire family. Participants will join in separate group discussions and enjoy age-appropriate activities including art, stories, and music.
Death uniquely affects teenages and children. Parents and caregivers often struggle with how best to support them. Life In Forward Transition (LIFT) offers an experience of shared camaraderie in a nurturing and positive environment for grieving children, teens and families. Following a shared meal, family members break into age appropriate groups to talk with others who are having similar experiences. Themed group activities incorporate the use of art, music and storytelling to help facilitate the expression of thoughts and feelings while learning how to cope with the devasting loss of a love one.
LIFT May 2018 Flyer – Download now.
Dinner is served.
Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshops
Coping with the holidays when a loved one has died is hard enough for us adults. But what about the children?
Starting this November, Heart Songs Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshops will be offered throughout the year around special holidays. At these free workshops, grieving children (ages 4-18 years old) will:
- find comfort and support in being with others their age
- learn tips for coping with the upcoming holiday
- create something special in remembrance of their family member or friend
- enjoy a delicious dinner
Our first annual Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshop will be held on:
Tuesday, December 5th from 6-8 pm at Greatrex Place.
Stay tuned for the 2018 Healing HeARTS Holiday Workshop date.
- Understanding the Grief Reactions of:
- Hope for the Bereaved Child and Teen During the Holidays
- The Developmental Stages and Children’s Reaction to Illness/Loss