Mario Visits Kids During ‘Good Grief Day’ at Hospice of Texarkana [PHOTOS]
Hospice of Texarkana held its annual "Good Grief Day" today (6/12) for kids ages 7-16. Just like last year, I dropped by to visit with the kids and give away some prizes. This year more than 20 kids joined in for a fun-filled day. The event is planned each year for children who have lost a loved one due to death, divorce, a parent who may be away serving in the military, incarcerated or if a child has moved and attending a new school.
Hospice plans activities that run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the kids today looked like they were thoroughly enjoying painting canvases when I arrived. As I handed out some goodies, I noticed the kids were be given a life-lesson from the Bible from the hospice chaplains, Josh and Faith.
Then it was time to eat before everyone head outdoors to pet some animals that had been rescued. No matter what happens in life, there is something about petting an animal that really soothes the soul. And, it's very therapeutic, which by the way is why they use these pets. The children really loved it.
My heart goes out to these kids for what they're going through in their young life and I thank hospice for helping them cope with their grief.
The kids look forward to the end of the event when they get to release balloons into the air. A perfect way to end "Good Grief Day!"
Here are a few photos from the event.
Hospice of Texarkana specializes in medical, emotional and spiritual care for persons of any age with life-limiting illness, as well as emotional and spiritual support to the entire family. Its professional and volunteer staff provides services in residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and in hospitals.