Our Center for Children

Our Center For Children

“It’s almost unbelievable how much better things are in our home. I want other parents and children to know: it’s never too late to get help for your pain.”

- Mother of a Journeys participant

Dealing with the end of life is confusing, worrying, and stressful.

But it’s absolutely heart-wrenching when children are involved–whether they are the terminally ill patient or coping with the loss of a loved one. The oldest and most experienced hospice, and the only community-based, nonprofit hospice in the region, since 1980, Hospice of the Piedmont has created new programs that for-profit hospices don’t. Our one-of-a-kind Center for Children supports kids and teens as well as their families with comprehensive, compassionate, non-medical services and a safe and positive place to learn and grieve. Our Center is available to families in our 12-county service area: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock.

piedmont-kids-logoOur Piedmont Kids team of social workers, chaplains, and volunteers makes life easier for terminally ill children—ages four to eighteen—and their loved ones. This program connects families to important resources, provides supportive and spiritual counseling, and makes regular visits: whether it’s to read to a young patient, babysit while a parent runs errands, or help siblings with homework. These services are provided to families at no cost. Piedmont Kids partners with Continuum Home Health’s Pediatric Palliative Care program, which provides necessary medical services including nursing, medical, therapy, and therapeutic support services (pharmacy, durable medical equipment, and supplies). To arrange for services for your child, contact Continuum Home Health at 434-984-2273.

Our Journeys programjourneys uses expressive, music, and art therapy to help kids—ages four to eighteen—express their feelings about the loss of a loved one, cope with the death process, and create memories in a safe and caring environment. This program, provided at no cost to families, includes individual counseling by our caring and professional bereavement specialists, full-day bereavement camps, and multi-week support groups at our office and at schools.

oasisOur OASIS group is a dinner-discussion program connecting teens who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives with each other to learn about grief and creative ways to work through it. This program for teens is provided at no cost to families. The OASIS program is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Wardle Family Foundation.

Research shows programs like ours work. These programs lift up the family by reducing suffering, improving quality of life, managing pain and symptoms, and enhancing decision-making. Children who meet the criteria are admitted to our Center and all of its programs regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, handicap, gender, disability, marital status, communicable disease, or religion. All programs and services are provided at no cost to families.

To make sure our innovative Center for Children continues to provide comprehensive, compassionate services to children, teens, and their families at no charge, make a donation by contacting our Director of Advancement, 434-817-6900, or give online.

 

Caring for a child or teen facing the end of life and need support?
We’re here to help.
Contact Hospice of the Piedmont now: 1-800-975-5501, [email protected]