SoundCareKids – Helping kids through the loss of a loved one
SoundCareKids was the focus of the 2016 Christmas Forest Fund-a-Need. Supported entirely by private donations, SoundCareKids is a support program for families with children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
The death of someone close to a child can alter a child’s perception of reality, make them question their own safety and well-being and create overwhelming emotions. The most important way children can be helped is to have someone listen to them, get them re-engaged in normal activities, keep them connected to the person they lost, and give them lots of love and attention.
Children are placed into groups by their ages and given the opportunity to:
▪ Express grief in creative, experiential ways – often through play, animal therapy or similar methods.
▪ Share feelings in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
▪ Make friends with other kids who have experienced the death of someone important to them.
▪ Experience healing and peace in the midst of their pain.
While loss and sadness bring the children to the program, they leave with new friendships, new ways of looking at life and knowing that it’s OK to stay connected in healthy ways to the person they lost.
For more information on SoundCareKids, please visit their website.