Highmark Caring Place Resources Available to Help Children Cope Without Dad on Father's Day

Jun 10, 2010, 07:30 ET from Highmark Caring Place

PITTSBURGH, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 10 decades, Father's Day has been celebrated around the world to honor fathers and father figures in a person's life. When a child's father dies, however, life is never the same, and every day can be difficult. Whether it's the first holiday without him or many years later, an occasion that might normally be a celebration can become a reminder of dad's absence.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 20, and children who have lost their dad may experience the holiday much differently than ever before. Recognizing the day may be especially difficult for grieving children and families, the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families provides help and support to those in need at this time, and year-round.

"Our staff and volunteers provide encouragement and peer support to help children and families discover they are not alone in their grief," said Caring Place Director Terese Vorsheck. "This Father's Day -- and any time of year -- our program provides the opportunity for families to interact with others who have faced a loss and discover hope and healing in the midst of their grief. For those who work with families in the community, we have resources and tools available to be helpful during a very trying time."

Through its Web site, the Caring Place provides a variety of helpful tips to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

The Caring Place offers peer support groups and referral services, at no charge, for grieving children and their families through a variety of online resources and at four locations across Pennsylvania. The children and families who attend the peer support program are helped by trained volunteers from the community.

The Caring Place also provides adult telephone support and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families. In addition, consultation services, as well as educational presentations and resources, are available for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children.

A signature partner of Highmark Healthy High 5, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation, the Caring Place is also supported by community contributions.

For more information, visit www.highmarkcaringplace.com online or call 1-888-224-HOPE (4673).

SOURCE Highmark Caring Place