Out & About: New Excela Hospice Program Helps Kids Deal with Grief

“What do I do with the sad that I feel?”Excela Health Hospice is helping children deal with that question through its Neighborhood Kids grief support program. Attendees at the hospice Neighborhood Christmas event, held Dec. 5 at Rizzo’s Banquet Facility in Crabtree, were given an introduction to the program. Attendees at the hospice Neighborhood Christmas event, held Dec. 5 at Rizzo’s Banquet Facility in Crabtree, were given an introduction to the program.

It’s not by accident that the question brings Mister Rogers to mind — the children’s television neighbor sang a song about “the mad that I feel.” In planning for the new program, hospice reps sought advice from the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.

Students in the Fred Rogers Scholars Program “went into the archives to research what Fred Rogers really had said about childhood grief,” Excela communications officer Robin Jennings said.

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