LET’S TALK: Hilda’s House facilitator Steph Shannon will begin the next round of children’s grief groups on July 14.
LET’S TALK: Hilda’s House facilitator Steph Shannon will begin the next round of children’s grief groups on July 14. PHOTO David Nielsen

It’s the house of help

HILDA'S House is helping kids get in touch with their emotions and understand how to cope when they've lost a loved one.

The next seven-week term for the kids' grief group starts next Tuesday and registrations are now open.

Group facilitator Steph Shannon said the sessions were held weekly from 3.30pm to 5pm to help fit in with the school routine.

"We run parents' and carers' groups at the same time and it's nice for them to hear what other parents are going through," she said.

"We aim to give the children and their families help to verbalise their feelings about death.

"In the kids' groups we watch DVDs about changes in the family when someone dies ... we paint, make collages, memory boxes and we acknowledge why we're here and that someone special to us has died.

"It's amazing the insightfulness that can come from using art and craft."

Ms Shannon said the majority of group work focused on helping children talk about their feelings - something which could empower young people in all aspects of life. "It's a great tool for children to have," she said.

"We also talk about how they can stay connected to a special person after they've died. We remember something funny they did, or write a message we'd like to send.

"The key thing we do is make the group a safe place for children to share their feelings."

For more information, phone 3812 1163 or visit Hilda's House at 39 Chermside Rd, Eastern Heights.

Hilda's offers

  • Individual support
  • Trauma services
  • Kids' grief groups
  • Parents/carers support
  • Teen grief groups (13-17)
  • Adult grief groups
  • Drop-in groups
  • Palliative care counselling
  • Home care respite

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