When a family member or close friend dies, it is a frightening disruption in the lives of both children and adults.
Death changes the way the entire family functions.
Sometimes our children become “the forgotten mourners.”
The Caring House provides a safe place for children ages 3-18 and their families to cope with the death of a loved one and share their grief with others. We recognize that grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. The duration and intensity of grief is unique for each individual. Within each of us is the natural capacity to heal, and acceptance and caring facilitate that healing process.
What Happens at The Caring House
At The Caring House, we provide many outlets for children to express and process their grief, including:
- Physical and creative play
- At The Caring House Art expression
- Sharing and listening
- Expressing feelings
- Learning about the grieving process
How Do I Get These Services
To request a telephone consultation for The Caring House program, please call (256) 650-1212. After a brief telephone interview, we will arrange a tour and orientation visit where dates and times for participation in the program will be determined.
Who Pays For These Services
Hospice Family Care™ is a not-for-profit organization and services of The Caring House are available free of charge. We are dependent on United Way support, corporate and community contributions, as well as donations from churches and families who have benefited from our services. All residents of Madison County are eligible for our services, regardless of whether their loved one was served by our hospice agency. If you would like to make a contribution to Hospice Family Care™ or The Caring House, please call our office at (256) 650-1212 or click here to make a donation. All gifts to Hospice Family Care™ are tax deductible and very much appreciated.
- Seminars and professional training for recognizing the signs of grief in children
- Educational resource center
- Tours of The Caring House
- On-site support for grief in the workplace
- Age appropriate in-class activities to facilitate grief work in children
- Crisis and school intervention
The Caring House is a member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children
For more information, please call Hospice Family Care™ at (256) 650-1212.