Resources from Highmark Caring Place Help Children Cope Without Mom on Mother's Day

May 03, 2011, 07:00 ET from Highmark Caring Place

PITTSBURGH, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Mother's Day and year-round, the Highmark Caring Place has resources available to children who are experiencing this holiday after their mother's death. For many, this day may be especially difficult since things are never the same for the child without mom. Whether it's the first holiday without her or many years later, occasions that normally would be celebrations sometime become a reminder of mom's absence.

Although Mother's Day is one day of the year, grieving children and families can find support year-round at the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families. It is there that children and adults receive encouragement and support from others who have also experienced a death and discover that they are not alone in their grief.

"People want to help a grieving child or family after a death, but most don't know the best way of doing so," said Caring Place Director Terese Vorsheck. "'What do I say to the children?' is a question we hear frequently from parents about their children; from school staff who are caring for a grieving child in the classroom, from mental health, social service and medical personnel; and from concerned friends and family who are trying to help a family in the midst of its grief."

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

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

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

SOURCE Highmark Caring Place