When illness or tragedy affects a loved one, children often need help finding ways to cope with the impact. HopeWest Kids is our program for grieving children and teens. The program is here to guide and support children and families going through the grief experience.
Funded exclusively through donations, HopeWest Kids focuses on children and families in our community regardless of whether or not they have had a family member served by HopeWest.
HopeWest Kids is the only program of its kind in western Colorado. Specially trained counselors offer grief education and counseling in Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco counties.
Children and teens handle grief differently than adults. When a loved one dies, adults are often overcome by their own grief and may become unable to attend to the child's emotional needs. We have learned that open and honest communication geared to the child's level of understanding is a critical factor in the healing process.
- Grief is a natural reaction to loss.
- Children grieve differently than adults.
- The intensity and length of time one grieves is different for everyone.
- Children need to know that they are not alone in their experience.
- Symptoms of grief may include: behavior problems, drop in grades, sleeping too little or too much, loss of appetite and withdrawal from friends and family.
HopeWest is here for you and your family as you go through your individual grief journeys.
Individual & Family Counseling
Counseling can help children increase their coping skills, heal difficult experiences and grow. The service is based on a sliding scale, whereby scholarships are available and open to any child who has experienced a death loss.
Family Support Group
The 'Forget-Me-Not' grief support group provides support for children and family members. Groups are held for different age groups and utilize journaling, art, music and other activities aimed at helping families adjust to their loss. These groups are sponsored through donations and are free of charge.
Thursdays | April 7th - May 19th, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
HopeWest Hospice Care Center, Room 102
3090 North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO
For more information, please call (970) 245-5377
Programs at area schools provide an easily accessible way for children to participate in activities such as: support groups and 'Kids on the Block' puppet show that teaches children about serious illness and grief.
In addition to being funded in part by United Way of Mesa County, generous support from individuals, businesses and grants make this program possible.
Led by EAGALA certified staff, the Healing with Horses program pairs kids with horses to process the thoughts and feelings associated with grief. The groups are seasonal (Fall, Spring and Summer) and meet once a week for seven consecutive weeks. The final two weeks involves a parent or guardian. The fee is $25 and scholarships are available.
Camp Good Grief is a weekend summer camp for children and teens entering grades 3 - 9. The goal of Camp Good Grief is to provide a safe and compassionate environment for children and teens to explore their grief issues with peers and to just have fun!
Itty Bitty Camp is designed for kids entering kindergarten through second grade who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Children will engage in fun and helpful activities centered on a fun theme like Wild West or Cars, which will help them address, express and cope with grief. The cost of camp is $25 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available.