Hospice of Texarkana’s annual “Good Grief Day” for kids/youth will be held Saturday Nov. 5, from 10 - 2PM at Richmond Road Baptist Church, 5805 Richmond Road. 

The free four-hour event is open to kids ages 7-15 who have lost a loved one to death, divorce, a parent serving in the military, a parent being incarcerated, or moving to a new school.  There are 3 hours of interesting activities, along with lunch which is donated by Slim Chicken.  Additionally, they will enjoy Pet Therapy by interacting with our therapy dog in-training, Maggie Grace; and with bunnies, an owl and a tortoise.

The annual, supportive event is hosted by Hospice of Texarkana’s Social Work Department.  Two, licensed, medical social workers and our chaplain will facilitate the activities.  Trained Hospice of Texarkana volunteers and other staff will assist them.

"We have offered the Good Grief Club for 16 years because our non-profit agency believes that grief support goes hand-in-hand with hospice care.  Our social workers have extra bereavement training and they know how much it helps kids to see that other youth are also experiencing loss" said, Stefanie Brazile Director of Development & Public Relations. "It normalizes the experience for them which allows them to open-up and share."

Good Grief day continues to be offered at no cost to participants because of sponsorships from community members and:  The United Way of Hempstead County, Target, Michaels, East Funeral Home, Slim Chicken, Richmond Road Baptist and Toby’s Tales.

Parents and guardians please call Kelli at 903-794-4263 to reserve a spot for your child today.

Hospice of Texarkana

A non-profit organization which was founded in 1985 by the Junior League of Texarkana.  The agency serves seriously ill patients in two Texas Counties and in seven Arkansas Counties.  On June 1, they opened the region’s only freestanding Hospice Inpatient Care Unit at 2407 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana, Texas.  In 2015, they served 465 patients and provided $242,000 in unfunded care.