The session, to be held Sept. 18, from 7-9 p.m. at Bethany Airdrie, will feature Amy Angheluta, a child, youth and family counsellor at Hospice Calgary.
The event is open to everyone, but is specifically targeted for parents, educators, volunteers, spiritual leaders and caregivers.
“When we are talking about death, we are more inclined to bury our heads in the sand and not talk about it,” said Matt Carre, with the ADHS. “We as adults, we know we can call a doctor, therapist … we can get help, but kids don’t know they have those outlets.”
The speaker will specifically discuss the impacts of death on a child’s learning and social life.
The ADHS was formed about three years ago to assist individuals in, or supporting those undergoing, palliative care.
The group’s ultimate goal is a hospice facility in the city, but until then it offers practical assistance, such as grief and bereavement sessions, to those in need.
The ADHS, said Carre, is also looking for more volunteers so members can start offering increased end-of-life support services, such as sitting with a family member at a hospital or helping those suffering with grief.
“Everybody grieves differently and we just want people to be aware that there is help for them,” said Carre.
“It is not just about taking care of someone as (a loved one) is passing away, it is also … grief counselling down the road.”
Register for the child grief session by calling 403-880-0424. For more information on the ADHS or to volunteer, contact the Hospice Society at 403-880-0424 or email@example.com.
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