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Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Because of the generous support of our community, Hospice of Santa Cruz County hosted our first weekend camp for grieving children, Camp Erin© Santa Cruz, last fall. Nestled in the redwood forest at Mount Hermon Redwood Camp, the weekend was filled with both healing and fun activities for the 40 campers in attendance. Campers brought photos of their special person to include on the memory board. They gathered in small groups and, with the support of trained volunteers and staff, discussed their feelings of grief and loss. Interspersed with these healing activities was a lot of fun – ziplining, swimming, art projects and an adventurous ride on the Geronimo Swing.

The Recipes of Life - A Volunteer's Journey

Volunteer Visitor Denine Jones

Sometimes an experience in life inspires us to change directions.  Denine Jones had one of those experiences toward the end of her father-in-law’s life. While spending time with him in the hospital, she realized her calling – to become a nurse. As she was helping to honor her father-in-law’s end-of-life wishes, it became clearer that her interest was in hospice care. “I just want to support and empower people who are dying and do what I can to improve their quality of life,” explains Denine.

5 of the Most Important Questions You Should Have the Answer to

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 6 - Explaining the Final Stages of Life

Part 6 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 5 - Guidelines for Teenagers

Part 5 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 4 - Guidelines for Children 9-11 Years Old

Part 4 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness.

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 3 - Guidelines for Children 6-8 Years Old

Part 3 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 2 - Guidelines for Children 5 and Under

Part 2 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 1 - What All Children Need

In honor of National Children's Grief Awareness Day, we'll be posting a 6 part blog series from our anticipatory grief booklet to help support children by sharing coping tips.

Betty Leonard Reflects on Friends of Hospice Oktoberfest

As Friends of Hospice Celebrate their 31st annual OktoberfestBetty Leonard Reflects on the First Event

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