Peoria church hosts Children’s Grief Awareness event

Billy’s Place is a Children’s Grief Support in the West Valley. It offers ongoing peer support/education groups for children and teens (ages 3-30), and their family members. [Submitted photo]

Billy’s Place is hosting its fifth annual Children’s Grief Awareness Day Candle Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Blvd. in Peoria.

Registration is required online at billysplace.me.

Billy’s Place is a Children’s Grief Support in the West Valley. It offers ongoing peer support/education groups for children and teens (ages 3-30), and their family members. The groups are open to those who have experienced the death of a mom, dad, brother, sister or primary caregiver. Concurrent groups are held for the parents and caregivers. All families must register for groups before attending. The children participate in activities that are designed to help them discuss death through their play, art, storytelling, music and talking.

Children and teens who have had a loved one die often feel alone in their grief, like nobody understands what they’re going through. Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it is especially difficult for those so young. Grieving children need support. And the first step in that support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits that they obtain through the support of others. Observed on the third Thursday of every November (one week before Thanksgiving), Children’s Grief Awareness Day is intentionally set in the holiday season, often a particularly difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, the grieving children we know and see in our daily lives.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

For more information on Billy’s Place please call 623-414-9838 or email info@billysplace.me.

IF YOU GO

What: Children’s Grief Awareness Day Candle Lighting Ceremony

When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16

Where: Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Blvd. in Peoria.

Registration: billysplace.me



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