by Lisa Tome
For some, the season of joy, can also bring sadness and grief.
That's why Rising Sun High School has teamed up with Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation to present programs geared to helping children and teens deal with grief.
Last week, an event was held to help parents of elementary-age students cope with grief. On November 21, from 6-7 p.m. at Rising Sun High, the focus will be teens who are mourning. The program entitled "How Children Grieve: Top Five Myths of Children and Grief" will be led by bereavement counselors.
This is a workshop to teach parents. We will give parents information on how to talk to kids," said Gabrielle Oldham, of Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation. Oldham said that studies have shown that parents find it easier to discuss sex with children than to talk to them about loss.
Oldham explained that parents tend to try to protect children from grief and children and teens need to discuss their loss. She said that the children and parents end up trying to protect each other so no one discusses their sadness. This workshop is geared to breaking the cycle.
There will be refreshments at this event. Anyone who plans to attend is asked to call Gabrielle Oldham at 888-892-6685 or (410) 392-0254, that way there will be enough for all.
This will not be the only pre-holiday event focused on children and grief. Once again, a Remembrance Tree is being placed at the Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation. But this year, in addition to the gold bows placed to honor lost loved ones, children will make white bows a few days prior to the event.
The Remembrance Tree program gives people a way to remember a loved one during the holiday season. The name of a loved one is written on a ribbon. The ribbon is then placed on the tree which is on the front porch of Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, 229 East Main Street, Elkton, and will remain there until early in the new year.
The annual ceremony for the tree will be held on Friday, December 6 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.