Coastal Hospice

Children On Lower Shore Who Have Lost A Loved One Are Invited To Free Hope & Healing With Horses

Coastal Hospice Hope and Healing with Horses
Children attending The Hope & Healing with Horses in 2016

SALISBURY, MD – August 28, 2017 – Coastal Hospice invites children who have lost a loved one to Hope & Healing with Horses, a free children’s bereavement day camp, on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kindred Spirit Farm, 31191 Johnson Rd. in Salisbury.

This event is for children ages 6-14 who live in the four Lower Shore counties and have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other close loved one in the past two years. It is open to both hospice and non-hospice families.

“Children who have lost someone dear to them grieve in very different ways than adults,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice, which hosts the event. “They may find it harder to express what they are really feeling. Hope & Healing with Horses gives them a chance to connect with other children who have experienced a similar loss.”

Counselors from Coastal Hospice, who are trained in grief support, conduct Hope & Healing with Horses and guide the children and their families through their feelings, teaching them strategies to express grief and reduce stress and isolation. The day camp uses horses as a tool for emotional growth and learning; the children ride, groom the horses, and talk to them.

A responsible adult must accompany each child, and the counselors also provide the adults with grief support activities. No previous experience with horses is required. Children should wear closed-toe shoes for riding. Lunch is provided. The rain date for the event is Oct. 21.

This event is free, but registration is required by Sept. 29 by calling Melissa Dasher at 443-944-5846. Coastal Hospice asks all persons to honor registrations once they have been made.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.