(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Bluegrass Care Navigators, formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass, has received a $10,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) for a Grief Support Project. The funds will provide education, hands-on training and a wide array of resources to key school personnel in the Fayette and Scott County School Systems in order to help the grieving children in their districts.
Grief and loss are difficult emotions to recognize and resolve at any age. When children are involved, it can be more complicated as they do not often understand their feelings, or how to process the loss.
“Thanks in part to Toyota’s generosity, school personnel in both counties will receive three hours of specialized training on how to help grieving children and respond to their needs in the school environment,” said Liz Fowler, President and CEO of Bluegrass Care Navigators.
When children are grieving, expressive therapies are instrumental in the healing process. Art and literature open minds, offering understanding and strategies for the difficult challenges in processing grief.
The Grief Support Project for the Fayette County School System was so successful that the system has asked for a refresher course for 51 schools, resources for two new schools and the replenishment of supplies. The Scott County School System recently approached Bluegrass Care Navigators about providing this successful program for their 10 elementary and middle schools.