HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–The Caring House of Hospice Family Care held its annual Caring House Celebration Thursday at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
The event was for children and families who participate in our services to come socialize, enjoy some “normalcy”, and to release energy in a positive way.
There were carnival activities and a special butterfly release to honor the memory of loved ones who died.
The Caring House of Hospice Family Care 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.
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 and sometimes our children become “the forgotten mourners.” The Caring House provides support groups for children in our community twice a month. We believe that embracing grief and recognizing it as normal human response is the first step in the coping process. We provide many outlets including: physical and creative play, art, sharing and listening, creative writing, therapy animal assisted activities, support groups and tasks that affirm the normalcy of their experience in order to facilitate a healthy way for children express their feelings.