Soul Survivors launches as community resource

A new children’s grief group, supported by Carilion Clinic and hosted by Family Service of Roanoke Valley meets every other Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Service. It is a much needed resource in our community and is made possible thanks so volunteers throughout the area and those with the Community Grief and Loss Center.

Soul Survivors is a bereavement support group for youth and their caregivers, guardians or parents. The program provides a caring, safe environment where participants are free to explore their feelings and concerns.

Participants will learn that grief is not a process of forgetting, but remembering with less pain.

Soul Survivors provides an opportunity for participants to meet others their age who know what it’s like to have experienced a death of someone they love.

Participants will: • Share memories, explore feelings and remember loved ones through creative activities • Focus on the needs of mourning, with activities such as coloring books for younger participants and private journals for older youths • Share a light meal with other participating families

Soul Survivors is a free service of Carilion Clinic Hospice. Priority is given to first-time participants.

Space is limited! Register or refer a child in need by calling 540-563-5316, ext. 3014.

Read more about Soul Survivors in The Roanoke Times.