Hospice of San Joaquin offers several children’s bereavement programs. These programs are specialized to open communication channels between children, teens, and professional staff to assist them with their grief.
You may sign-up your child and/or teen to the bereavement programs by contacting Hospice of San Joaquin at (209) 957-3888.
Grief Support for Children
“Camp Caterpillar, ” a day camp for grieving children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, is offered each fall. Children meet at Hospice of San Joaquin and then walk to Central United Methodist Church next door for the remainder of the day. Activities such as arts and crafts, music, journaling, and games are designed to help children express and learn to cope with their feelings of grief. Camp Caterpillar is led by Hospice of San Joaquin Bereavement staff as well as trained and background checked Hospice Bereavement Volunteers. Certified Pet therapy dogs are also available throughout the day for campers to enjoy. A balloon release ceremony for campers and their families is held at the end of the day.
“Kids Korner” is a special support group for grieving children in grades kindergarden through 8th grade who have lost a loved on in the past 2 years. Groups meet every other Saturday morning for 4 sessions. Age appropriate activities focus on teaching children how to express feelings of grief in a safe environment surrounded by their peers.
Grief Support for Teens
“So – I realize. If it’s hard for me, how much harder it must be for you. Let’s try to help each other, shall we?”
Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Paterson
Hospice of San Joaquin offers serveral Teen and children grief support programs. These programs are specialized to open communication channels that allow specilized support to those in need.
Teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one may receive support through their local school. These support programs are available in conjunction with the school counselors and are based on the needs of the student body. One on one support is available at Hospice of San Joaquin’s campus on a limited basis.
Bereavement Department 209-957-3888.