Caterpillar Kids: Support for Children in the Journey of Grief

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Schaefer, Neil
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Various models for children's bereavement support programs exist and are available for imitation. One such program which is widely respected in the Indianapolis area is the "Rainbow Seekers” Program developed by St. Vincent Hospice. In October of 1994, | was invited to serve as a group facilitator for the "Rainbow Seekers” Program as a means of experiential learning about children’s grief issues and the format of their program. This valuable learning opportunity was very beneficial in providing practical insight and a model for program development and functioning. Because other program models may offer additional ideas and materials, | will review components of several of these and develop an eclectic program to serve the population of our setting ina style consistent with the philosophy of our hospice.