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Special Program For Kids Dealing With Loss Of A Loved One

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Experts say children don't cope the same way as adults do after losing a loved one. A local organization is trying to help those kids deal with their feelings.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard. Wendy Tabor-Buth: Hospice of the Red River Valley: "Sometimes people feel like they are going crazy, all those grief emotions can be very overwhelming." 

Kristi Shervim knows the struggle, grieving as a daughter, but also trying to be there as a mom.

Kristi Shervim- Youth Journeys Participant: "My daughter and I spent the summer taking care of my father, he passed away, and we had to come back here, so that I could go to work, and my daughter Hailey could go back to school." Leaving behind all their support. Shervim: "It was a hard time for her, because I was a primary caregiver for my dad, so trying to be a mother as well as a daughter, and a caregiver, it was a lot on me, so I thinks he was kind of lost."

That's when they found Youth Journeys.  A special program run by Hospice of the Red River Valley. Tabor- Buth: "That is our role to step in and say, it's okay, take a deep breath, this is normal, and these are common grief reactions."

Experts say children grieve differently and it's hard for them to sit and talk to a stranger. Shervim: "Even they are very good at what they do, it's very intimidating I feel for children to talk about hard things like that." But this program helps through sharing stories, playing games, and being kids together. Shervim: "The crafts really helped her to be busy with her hands, but be able to talk at the same time."

It's youth journey's goal to help children. Shervim: "Being able to come to this program to get the support that we needed was so helpful to us." But to also to equip parents with tools.

There is still time to sign up for Saturday November 2nd's session at Hospice of the Red River Valley in Fargo. If you can't make that one, keep in mind this free program happens twice a year.

Find out more here: http://www.hrrv.org/ai1ec_event/youth-journeys-fargo-3/?instance_id=

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