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Bridge Home Health & Hospice to offer “Grief Trails”


Area youth will have an opportunity to take part in “Grief Trails,” sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, this June. “Grief Trails” is a program that allows children, ages six to 12 years old, to learn about the importance of communicating emotions and needs to others during times of grief, while working hands-on with gentle horses.

Two locations and dates will be offered for this year’s program and are as follows:

Lane of Dreams, LLC, located at 2502 East County Road 16, Tiffin, OH, on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for this event is due by June 2, 2023.

Challenged Champions, located at 11913 County Road 6, Ottawa, OH, on Monday, June 26, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for this event is due by June 2, 2023.

Although children may appear to be less affected by the death of a loved one, there are many questions, fears and worries as they attempt to make sense of the loss and deal with the changes it creates. The children gather with their peers in an encouraging environment and participate in activities that will help them express their feelings, learn effective communication tools and have fun at the same time.

Bereavement Coordinator, Kristi Beall, along with trained volunteers, will guide the children through conversation, horseback riding and creating keepsakes. This year, participants will be “On Safari – Journeying Your Way through Grief.” Camp activities include arts and crafts, outdoor fun, and a butterfly release.  In addition to these traditional camp activities, children participate in grief support activities to gain skills in managing their personal grief. This event is being offered through Bridge’s Group S.T.A.R. (Special Times Always Remembered) at no cost to the family, with all materials provided.

For more information and/or to request a registration form, please call Bridge Bereavement Services at 419.423.5351 or email Kristi Beall, at Registration for this event is required.

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