Ark – Arkansas Hospice,
the state’s largest provider of hospice services, presented “Art for the Heart”
Family Day & Picnic today in Russellville. The event was a free,
community-based grief support workshop for children, teens and parents.
Children and their families gathered outside
the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home for painting, crafts, interaction with a
therapy dog, age-appropriate stories, music, and a picnic lunch to close the
Arkansas Hospice Bereavement Specialist and
Hope & Healing 4 Kids Coordinator Simone Brock said, “A child’s grief
process is sometimes different from an adult, especially at the preschool and
early elementary age. They may wonder if they caused the loss, if they will
‘catch’ it, and who will replace the care the lost family member or loved one
may have been providing. Through activities like art, a child who has
experienced loss can express not only grief, but other feelings they may not
understand.” Brock said that Art for the Heart is designed to provide
age-appropriate activities where children who have experienced the loss of a
loved one can express their feelings in a supportive, constructive environment.
She also said that it’s important to allow grieving children time to “be a
kid,” and to be honest with them about what has happened. Parents and guardians
attending the event are also provided information to help grieving children.
support, also known as bereavement, is provided by Arkansas Hospice to patients
and their families of any age for up to 13 months after the loss of a loved
one. The services are provided at no cost, and are available for anyone –
regardless if their loved one was a patient of Arkansas Hospice or not.
Hospice’s Russellville Area Office cares for patients in the River Valley
wherever they may be: in their own or a family member’s home, a nursing home, a
hospital or an assisted living facility. The hospice provider also operates the
Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville, which is a state-of-the-art
inpatient hospice care facility. Information for community-based grief support
for all age groups across the state can found online by visiting arkansashospice.org/grief-support.
Hospice provides award-winning care to patients and their families from a total
of 10 area offices and 3 inpatient centers, covering a 43-county service area
across the state.