Alexandria, VA – Bummed out this holiday season? You’re not alone. Holidays can trigger sadness and grief, especially for children and teens who have suffered the death of a loved one. Fortunately, a local non-profit is providing no-cost counseling and activities for children, teens and adults in Alexandria.
Capital Caring Health offers no-cost grief support services, and will be available on Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at their location in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County at 5845 Richmond Hwy., suite 150.
“The holidays can be a trigger for grief, depression, and anxiety, especially for families who have recently experienced a death,” said Reverend Carolyn Richar, RN, chief mission officer at Capital Caring Health. “Our grief programs are open to anyone in the community who is struggling with loss, at no charge.”
The following grief support services are available at no cost:
- One-on-one, family, or peer group counseling sessions
- Telephone support
- Spiritual counseling
- Support groups and workshops for all ages that can include music and art therapy, “sit and stitch” sessions, nature walks, and more
“Kids and teens may have an especially difficult time expressing and processing their grief,” said Richar. “We bring together bereaved kids of the same age group for activities and conversation in school or other settings. These regional community programs are available to any child at no charge.”