At Halifax Health - Hospice, we believe that children deserve the opportunity to grieve after losing a loved one and have designed programs specifically to meet their needs.
Weekend retreats, outreach activities and grief centers are just a few of the ways we make our services available to young children and teens during this difficult time.
Hearts & Hooves
Recently awarded the Excellence in Program Innovation - Community Outreach Winner Award by the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association, Hearts & Hooves is an outreach activity for children, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Horses are great teachers and simply being in the presence of their peaceful and gentle nature can provide relief from the struggles of grieving a loved one’s death. Grief is a painful process and each individual deals with grief in their own unique way. Horses have an instinctive ability to mirror a human’s style of interaction and coping process. Spending time with horses can provide emotional healing and help individuals understand their own coping processes and how their interactions affect others.
Hearts & Hooves is a one-day camp for children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp offers expression of grief through art and ground-based equestrian activities. Through interaction with the horses, campers will realize they are not alone in their grief and their feelings are normal. A healing family ritual will be held at the end of camp to remember loved ones.
Upcoming 2016 Dates:
- Saturday, April 9
- Saturday, October 15
Artquest School of Art & Design
571 Leeway TrailOrmond Beach, FL 32174
For more information, please call 386.322.4738.
Hearts & Hooves Flyer
Hearts & Hooves Camper Application
Camp BeginAgain is an annual weekend retreat offered by The Lawrence E. Whelan BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center. It offers fun activities combined with sharing times to create an atmosphere where children can express their feelings and know they are not alone in their grief. The camp is staffed with trained volunteers and clinical staff to supervise and ensure the safety of the campers.
Who can participate?
Children and teens, ages 6-18, who have recently experienced the death of a loved one are welcome to attend. Families are invited to attend the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, November 13.
To register, complete a camper application and mail it to the BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center nearest you. Camper applications are available through your school counselor or by calling the BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center at
Upcoming 2016 Dates:
- Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13
Camp BeginAgain Flyer
Camp BeginAgain Application
898 Camp Winona Road
DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
For more information, please contact Cintia Ribar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386.425.3100.
At Halifax Health - Hospice, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to grieve. Children often are thought to be too young to understand and cope with their grief. However, if given the proper support and understanding, children have a natural capacity to grieve and heal.
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