I made the quilt above as part of the Good Mourning Camp, held last September. Each square represents one family's loss--often a parent, a grandparent, or a sibling. I have been involved with Good Mourning for over 20 years but took a year's break when my grandson became ill. Good Mourning provides monthly grief support for children who have suffered a loss. Well-trained volunteers facilitate activities each month to encourage children to talk about their losses, to identify support people in their lives and to realize that they are not alone. The services of Good Mourning are free to the community. Some of the families have had loved ones die with Rainbow Hospice, others are community members who have heard about our services or been referred through schools, therapists and former Good Mourning families.
I've returned to facilitating a group of 2nd and 3rd graders and am so grateful to have the opportunity to walk with these children on their journeys. Working with bereaved children is a gift---a reminder that life is short and every moment should be cherished.
How to Get Involved
You can donate to Rainbow Hospice's Good Mourning program by clicking on this link: https://rainbowhospice.org/make_a_gift/ or you can contact a local hospice and see what you can do to make a difference.
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