Building Bridges is a weekly support group of­fering emotional support to grieving children, teens grades Kindergarten – 12th, and their families, who have experienced loss through the death of someone significant in their lives. With Building Bridges as a support, chil­dren come together to share the experience of life.

Building Bridges is held twice a year for 8 weeks. Participants meet for one hour every week during the session. Participants are di­vided into small age appro­priate groups. A caregiver’s group is held simultaneously to meet their needs as well. Each group is facilitated by at least two specially trained facilitators.

Building Bridges curricu­lum is based on the follow­ing principles:

ACCEPTANCE of the ex­pression and experience of a wide range of emotions in a safe environment

VALIDATION of the unique quality of individual grief

GUIDANCE through the painful days of mourning and adaptation of family change

CREATION of skills and abilities that effectively serve participants through­out life

Building Bridges, as with all of our support groups, is free to the public and is of­fered to families grieving ANY type of death – not just families who have used hospice services. The death does not have to be recent, nor does the child need to be presenting difficulties.

The deadline to register is February 5th and families may enroll by contacting Hospice of Wichita Falls or visiting

WHAT: Building Bridges

WHO: Children kinder­garten – 12th grade

WHEN: September 17 – November 5

TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

WHERE: University Unit­ed Methodist Church, 3405 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76308

REGISTER: 940-691-0982 or

Hospice of Wichita Falls is the only nonprofit hospice in the community and the only one with a dedicated Inpatient Hospice Center, providing care to patients and families in Wichi­ta Falls and North Central Texas since 1985. Hospice of Wichita Falls provides physical and medical care for our patients of any age with life-threatening illness­es, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families. Servicing all or parts of the following 12 counties in North Texas: Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young.

Contact: Amanda Culley, Children’s Program Coor­dinator 940-691-0982 ext. 4645

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