Highmark Caring Place Tools Available to Help Grieving Children and Families Cope During the Holiday Season

Dec 19, 2011, 07:00 ET from Highmark Caring Place

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season is often difficult for those grieving the death of a loved one. At a time when many people celebrate with family and friends, there are some who are coping with the death of a loved one. The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, offers peer support groups, referral services and a variety of online resources for those who are experiencing feelings of sadness and loneliness following a death.

This holiday season, the Caring Place encourages people in need everywhere to view an online publication, "Coping With Grief at the Holidays," to discover a variety of basic tips to help children and their families along their journey of dealing with grief.

"When a loved one dies, every day is difficult," said Terese Vorsheck, Highmark Caring Place director. "The holidays, and the anticipation of the holidays, can intensify feelings of grief. After a family member dies, holidays are never the same. Children grieve differently than adults, and their need to grieve in their own way is sometimes overlooked. Children don't just 'get over' grief, but need time to learn to cope with their loss and the many other changes that often occur following a death."

At the Highmark Caring Place, children and adults receive encouragement from others who have also experienced a death. This support gives them the opportunity to learn that they are not alone in their grief.

At four Caring Place locations in Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh, Erie, Lemoyne and Warrendale -- programs and services are offered at no cost, and supported by trained volunteers from the community. A variety of online resources are also available to children and families in need of additional support tools.

In addition to its onsite programs at the Caring Place facilities, adult telephone support and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families are also available. Consultation services, as well as educational presentations and resources, are also available for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children. The Caring Place offers peer support groups and referral services, at no charge, for grieving children and their families. For more information, visit www.highmarkcaringplace.com online or call 1-888-224-HOPE (4673).

SOURCE Highmark Caring Place