Hospice Alliance launches new support group for children | Local News I Racine County Eye

Hospice Alliance is pleased to offer Connections – Planting Seeds of Hope, a support group for children and their trusted adults, starting Thursday, October 21. Groups are offered the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI. Children aged 2-18 are welcome and each must be accompanied by an adult. A resource available to the entire community, the support group is not limited to families with loved ones who have received end-of-life care with Hospice Alliance.

“We saw a need that was not being met, so we decided to meet the need,” said Rita Hagen, Executive Director of the Hospice Alliance, “We are constantly looking for ways to provide services, not just to our patients and their families at the end of their life but also after suffering a loss. Our bereavement support programs have always been offered to any adult in need. Now we are also able to offer bereavement services to children. “

The program will be managed by Jennifer Sytkowski, Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice Alliance, and a team of trained volunteers who will act as facilitators and assistants. The program and activities involved are developmentally appropriate as children will be grouped by age.

“Children who have lost someone important to them don’t have to ‘get stuck’ in an isolated and broken experience. On the contrary, overcoming loss with the support of others can potentially teach resilience, empathy, creativity, and persistence. By honoring grief and integrating loss in healthy and meaningful ways, we can help support families who seek it. Connections is a powerful resource for our communities, ”said Jenny Sytkowski, Bereavement Coordinator.

For more information on Connections – Planting Seeds of Hope, visit hospicealliance.org. To register, email [email protected] or call (262) 652-4400.

Context of the Alliance des hospices:

Hospice Alliance is the premier hospice provider in Southeastern Wisconsin and certified by the Joint Commission. We are committed to providing compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care and to educating our patients, those who support them and the communities we serve. Personalized care for patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses is available in the patient’s or loved one’s private home, assisted living and nursing facilities, as well as the Hospice Alliance House located in Pleasant Prairie.

The Hospice House is the only hospice facility of its kind, open 24/7 in this corner of the state. Hospice Alliance has been voted the best in Kenosha for the past four years and is proud to be a five star member of the We Honor Veterans program. Hospice Alliance is your compassionate, community-based, non-profit hospice, incorporated in 1981. For more information call (262) 652-4400 or visit www.hospicealliance.org.

Virginia S. Braud