April 3, 2019-Jackson, CA-Hospice of Amador & Calaveras announces award of $1,500 Family Strengthening Mini-Grant from the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council. The grant will help fund the Hospice Griefbuster’s program for the calendar year 2019.
Griefbusters is an all-volunteer, completely free program open to any child in the community between the ages of 5 and 19 who is grieving the loss of a loved one, regardless of how recent or long ago. The program provides one-on-one grief support from a highly trained volunteer at the child’s school, in a private setting. A participating child may stay in the program for as long as needed. In addition to having completed a special training program, Griefbusters volunteers are equipped with a variety of resources, materials, books, videos and other items that help meet the student exactly where they are in the grieving process. Volunteers are matched to ensure a compatible relationship is formed.
Program Director Tammy Beilstein said, “This program is so valuable to our local youth. It’s the only one of its kind in the two-county region and the feedback we get from parents of children who have participated is just remarkably positive. Some kids just can’t or won’t turn to relatives or friends when they are grieving. It’s just a really tricky process for children. Grades can suffer; relationships can suffer. Often parents in the same household are grieving also, so there may be a lack of available support sometimes. Having a person outside the home who can listen non-judgmentally and just help a child understand that all the sad feelings are normal and need to be expressed is very, very important.”
|Tracy Carlton from Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council|
and Hospice Griefbuster Coordinator Tammy Beilstein
The Vision Statement of the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council reads: “All children know they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.”
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is a non-profit 501(3)(c) agency serving that provides end-of-life care for terminally ill patients in Amador and Calaveras Counties. Formed in 1982, the agency has never turned away a patient for inability to pay. For more information on hospice services, please call 209-223-5500.