Summer programs for grieving children and teens

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Chesapeake Life Center will offer four different summer grief programs for children and teens that are filled with adventure, music and horses.

  • Take Flight will take place at the College Park Airport and the Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland, and is an interactive workshop experience for elementary-school children ages 6 to 12 to explore their grief, make friends, and have a lot of fun! Through art, play, conversations, and support, children will develop new ways that help with the difficult task of grieving, while learning they are not alone. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 and includes an activity in the aviation museum.
  • Rhythm & Grieve is a workshop for elementary-school children ages 6 to 12 that incorporates music to help children express their grief through sound, art, and movement. Kids will start by engaging their bodies through music and yoga. They will then make their own drum to honor their loved ones, creatively express their emotions, and connect with others. Get ready for grief out loud, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 22 at Yoga Barn in Severna Park, Maryland.
  • Grieving with Horses is a workshop for teens and preteens to spend a day at Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, Maryland. Horses are incredibly sensitive to human emotions and their emotional intelligence can be a helpful tool in one’s journey through grief. No horse experience is needed and all activities are unmounted. There will be two different days to attend based on age groups. Pre-teens ages 11 to 13 entering sixth to eighth grade can attend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 while teens ages 13 to 18 entering high school can attend from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m. Aug. 19.

Attendance restrictions and requirements will be updated using the most recent Centers for Disease Control guidelines and organizational policies prior to each event.   The cost for each program is $40, and includes meals, and activities. Scholarships are available; inquire upon registering. Space is limited.

Registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register by calling 888-501-7077 or emailing griefinfo@chesapeakelifecenter.org. Visit www.hospicechesapeake.org/events for a complete listing of in-person and virtual groups and workshops for adults and children.

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