COVID-19 information and updates
Dear Highmark Caring Place Families,
At the Highmark Caring Place, the health and well-being of those we serve, our volunteers, our staff, and the community is our highest priority. We also believe it is our duty to act responsibly to help stop the spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus. It is for these reasons that we are suspending our peer support groups until further notice. Please stay alert for follow-up communications (phone calls, texts, emails) confirming the exact date of your group resuming. You can also find Highmark Caring Place information on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages.
While we are concerned about doing all we can to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we are so very sorry that it is necessary to take this break during a time when you and your children are suffering from your own losses and tragedies.
We are committed to supporting you during this time of uncertainty and anxiety. Please know that our staff will remain available by phone, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support.
Also, we have compiled a list of resources that we thought you and your family might find helpful.
During such challenging times, the Highmark Caring Place's pledge becomes even more meaningful: "I AM HERE FOR YOU. YOU ARE HERE FOR ME. WE ARE HERE FOR EACH OTHER."
Director, Highmark Caring Place
- A message from our Director, Terese LaVallee
- Responding to Change and Loss, National Alliance for Grieving Children
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
- Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe (The emotional impact of Social Distancing and how to cope), American Psychological Association
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists
- Creative Activities to Do With Kids At Home, Art With Heart
- Social versus physical distancing, Actively Moving Forward
- Strategies for Managing Anxiety and Fear in You and Your Children
- Resources to help Families during COVID-19
- Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning
- Funerals in the Time of Coronavirus: Thoughts for Families
- How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Helping Kids Grieve
Hope Through Children's Books: Videos and Activities
During this time when we can't gather together, the Caring Place staff have put together a series of videos for you and your children to watch together. In each video, a Caring Place staff member will read a book to your child and you. During the video, you will be guided to pause and talk with your child about his/her response to something being talked about in the book (e.g. "What makes you feel worried?"). Each video will also have an activity related to the book that you and your child can do together or he/she can do on their own.
- "How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids" by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
- "In My Heart: A Book of Feelings" by Jo Witek
Caring For Your Grieving Child: Frequently Asked Questions
Below are articles written by Caring Place staff members addressing the questions most often heard from caregivers about their grieving children. Some of the articles are directly related to COVID-19, and some of them address more general concerns of adults caring for children who are grieving.