Gov. Tim Kaine Designates April Month of The Grieving Child
VCU’s Department of Pastoral Care takes part in “Grief’s Journey: The Month of the Grieving Child.”
Monday, April 7, 2008
observance of Month of the Grieving Child, Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and
Virginia Commonwealth University are encouraging Virginians to help children,
teens and young adults find their way through grief's journey in the loss of a
Department of Pastoral Care along with the Bereavement Coalition of Central
Virginia and other area organizations, will present a four-part bereavement
session highlighting The Month of the
to organizers, the sessions support organizers' belief that with support,
children and teens can heal after experiencing a life-altering loss, integrate
the memories of their loved ones and lead healthy, resilient lives. The programs
seek to allow children the opportunity to mourn in safe and creative ways,
while supporting and educating the adults who care for them.
sessions are designed for all interested individuals including parents,
grandparents, mental health practitioners, teachers, school principals and clergy.
- April 7- "A Conversation with
Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., assistant professor of pediatrics at
Boston University School of Medicine, director of the Good Grief Program and
author of "Talking with Children about Loss," will speak at 7 p.m. at Ginter Park Baptist Church, 1200 Wilmington Ave. The event is free and open to the
- April 16 – "Living with Grief Teleconference:
Children and Adolescents"
The Children's Hospital of Richmond and John Tyler Community College will host a panel of nationally
recognized experts to lead discussions focusing on the ways that hospice
professionals, educators, counselors, funeral directors and clergy can best
support children and adolescents as they cope with loss and grief. The
teleconferences will take place at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
Children's Hospital of Richmond, 2924 Brook Road.Cost is $18 and includes book. For more information, contact Cathie
Stivers at 228-5854.
John Tyler Community College, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Cost is $15. For more information, contact
Karen Gill at 909-0123.
- April 26 – "The Neon Man and Me."
Award winning performer and playwright Slash Coleman presents expressive
touching and comedic stories of one man's struggle to come to terms with the
death and loss of his best friend, animated through 30 different
characters. The show takes place at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the auditorium
of the Children's Hospital of Richmond, 2924 Brook Road. Tickets may be
purchased for $8 from any member of The Bereavement Coalition of Central
Virginia or by calling 804-828-4661.
- April 27- "Healing in the Garden"
The Bereavement Coalition and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, invites children, teens and adults
to join together in remembrance of loved ones. The program looks to influence
healing and inspire hope while connecting to nature. A healing activity will be
offered in the children's garden area. The event will
take place at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave. at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person or $20 maximum per family.
Advance registration is
required. For more information, call 804-828-4661.
Bereavement Coalition of Central Virginia is a group of bereavement service providers dedicated to the health of
the community, through accessible grief support.