Losing a loved one is tough, especially for children. Sometimes children have a hard time accepting the fact that a loved one has passed, which makes it difficult for them to cope. However, there are programs out there that are helping youth to be able to grieve and share their emotions with others.
The Mourning Star Center in Riverside was established in May 1996 as a community outreach program under the Visiting Nurse Association of the Inland Counties. The Mourning Star serves youth ages three to 18 years of age, and provides them with a safe place where they can share their feelings with others as they go through the healing process.
“Kids don’t have the same coping skills that we have,” Pamela Gabbay, director of programs, said. “They work through a lot of their issues through play. A lot of what we do is meeting them in their world.”