Children's Village to hold workshop to help children going through grief

Virginia Mason Memorial will host a free hands-on workshop next Wednesday to help guide children and their parents through the grief of losing a loved one.

The workshop offers children ages 5 to 17 a chance to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and to meet others who've experienced a similar loss.

Parents and guardians can also participate in a grief recovery program geared toward adults.

Nick Valadez, the event coordinator, said the workshop is a great way to show kids they're not alone in their grief.

"It's important to allow kids to be able to know that they're grieving and that grieving is important, and not to push it down," said Valadez. "That they can find resources to help them through this difficult time.

Valadez said grieving properly is a learned skill, and it's important to teach children how they can deal with the death of a loved one.

"A lot of times kids are affected. It affects their school work, it affects their daily lives and so it's important that they have an outlet, said Valadez. "And to get some helpful hints and helpful ways to help them through the time."

The workshop will be on Oct. 2 at the Children's Village in Yakima from 4:30 p.m. to to 8:30 p.m. Web Portal

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