Hope & Healing with Horses helps children cope with a recent loss
SALISBURY, MD – OCTOBER 8, 2019 – Coastal Hospice invites children who have lost a loved one to Hope & Healing with Horses, a free children’s bereavement day camp, on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Holly Ridge Farm, 36609 Purnell Crossing Road, Willards, MD.
This event is for children ages 6-14 who live in the four Lower Shore counties and have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other close loved one in the past two years. It is open to both hospice and non-hospice families.
“Children who have lost someone dear to them grieve in very different ways than adults,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice, which hosts the event. “They may find it harder to express what they are really feeling. Hope & Healing with Horses gives them a chance to connect with other children who have experienced a similar loss.”
Counselors from Coastal Hospice who are trained in grief support guide the children and their families through their feelings, teaching them strategies to express grief and reduce stress and isolation. The day camp uses horses as a tool for emotional growth and learning; the children ride, groom the horses, and talk to them about their losses and feelings.
No previous experience with horses is required. Children should wear closed-toe shoes for riding. Lunch is provided.
This event is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, call Melissa at 443-944-5846.
Do You Know Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care?
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a non-profit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but do not want to be defined by them, and instead want to remain as active and engaged as possible during the final chapter of their lives. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their own homes, as well as in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake and the new Stansell House. The organization also provides “palliative” care which treats the symptoms and relieve the pain of a terminal illness or injury so that patients can enjoy the time remaining. Learn more about Coastal Hospice at www.coastalhospice.org and follow on Facebook and Instagram.