The SoundCareKids program is sponsored by Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice and is offered as a community service without any charge to participants.
Our goal is to help children work through their grief by learning about death, understanding the grief process, and remembering the person who died through activities, sharing, and play. We also have trained therapy dogs who sit with the children during group. Adults receive education about how to help their children through grief.
Our six-week sessions are offered three times each year: in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. You may call at any time to request registration materials and to register for the upcoming session.
You may fill out a registration form for each child or use the form for multiple siblings; but a separate form is required for each adolescent registering.
Developmentally, children in this age group have a difficult time with abstract concepts such as death. It’s not uncommon for young children to think of death as reversible, as abandonment, and sometimes as their fault. In our Littles group, we use therapeutic play, books, art, puppets, and music to help support the children through the grieving process.
Children in this age range begin to see death as permanent. They are becoming more abstract thinkers and are starting to have the ability to mourn and understand mourning, but they may also feel that the death is a punishment. In our Middles group we use therapeutic talking, writing, art, and physical activity.
While teens may be more articulate in talking about their grief, it still can be difficult for them to express their feelings and thoughts to family and friends. In our Teens group, we use therapeutic journaling, music, poetry, talking, creating, and games to help teens work through their grief at their own pace.
The challenges of parenting are intensified when a child is grieving, and adult caregivers often feel at a loss to know how to help their child cope effectively. In our Adult Caregivers group, we use education and therapeutic talking to help adults develop skills to support their children through the grieving process. Adult caregivers meet to discuss what the children are learning about grief, coping, and expressing feelings; to learn about grief and how it can be experienced at different life stages; and to learn from the experiences of other adults.