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Children attending Pathfinders must be accompanied by at least one family member/caregiver.
We require this because children grieve differently from adults and the role of the parent/caregiver is to understand how to be a support to the child while experiencing their own grief.
Volunteers are fundamental to the Pathfinders program, which offers support to grieving children and their families. [email protected] of Hancock County 14 Mc Kenzie Ave. [email protected] Children's Program Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County PO Box 3069 Skowhegan, ME 04976 207/696-5870 Contact: Linda Burkhart, Director Andrea Smith, Prog Coor. 25 Pleasant Street PO Box 3069 Skowhegan, ME 04976 Tel. If your local area does not have a support program, we are hopeful the information on this website will be helpful; particularly the recommended reading lists and resource links. After the person you know dies, your parent(s) or caregiver(s) can call the Pathfinders Program Coordinator to schedule an intake interview. Someone important to me died, but my parents didn't know the person very well. The teen may want the parent(s) to attend the first evening and the last evening of Pathfinders. Most of the time, Pathfinders is a very lively, happy, fun-filled place to be.
Specially trained volunteers serve as facilitators, offering age appropriate opportunities for children and their family members both to express their grief and learn about the grieving process and develop new coping skills to handle their losses. - Hospice Volunteers 45 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, ME 04011 207/721-9702 Contact: Margaret Pelletier, Prog. [email protected] Grieving Children & Teen Program Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley ME General Medical Center 150 Dresden Avenue Gardiner, ME 04345 207/626-1779 Contact: Tina De Raps, Prog. Ellsworth, ME 04605 207/667-2531 Contact: Barbara Clark, Exec. The program is designed to provide support to children as well as teens and young adults. If you are grieving the death of an important person in your life and are between the ages of 4 and 21, you and your family/caregivers are welcome at Pathfinders. Once you and your family meet with the coordinator and the program is explained in detail, answering any questions, you and your family can decide if Pathfinders will be right for you. Teens need to go through the same intake interview process as a child and family would be expected to do. Sometimes memories and stories are shared and feelings of sadness are experienced.
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Music is extremely effective when used with teens in giving them voice to what they are feeling. What have other kids said about attending Pathfinders?
Facilitators do not counsel or advise in therapeutic matters. They have learned a lot about the differences and similarities in children's grief and adult grief. New friends are made and ideas and emotions are expressed in a safe place. Children learn more about adult grief and adults learn how children grieve. Kids at Pathfinders have made impressive clay sculptures, masks and sand art, torn up phone books and thrown eggs, made treasure boxes, stress balls, dream catchers, pillows, Zen gardens, garden stones, scrapbooks and journals. Teen group facilitators act as boundary keepers, guides and listeners.
The facilitators' job is to assist in helping the group stay focused, provide safe boundaries, educate in children's/teen grief and support each participant. They do teach the vocabulary around grief to help families keep talking and caring for one another. They know there is no right or wrong way to grieve; we each do it our own way. Adults and children alike learn how to cope with the emotions grief brings, how to live with the changes that death forces upon a family and how to express feelings in healthy ways while taking care of themselves and each other. Often kids bring in their own ideas about creatively expressing themselves and honoring the persons in their lives who have died. Do teens do the same kinds of "activities" that the younger kids do? Once the group has found its' own "group identity", facilitators tend to encourage the group to support one another and surrender to "group driven activities".
Parents and Caregivers Program Your first concern is your children.
How do you help them in the midst of your own grief? Your town may be close enough to access the services of Pathfinders or other grieving children's program.