Children’s Grief Awareness Month aims to recognize and understand the impact of death on children and their need for support.

To help support the children in the Waterville area during the month, Waterville Creates — along with Family Violence Project, Colby College Museum of Art, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program and the Waterville Public Library — have organized a “The Memories We Carry” art kit that includes the book “Ocean Meets Sky” by Fan Brother.

The book and art activity encourage children to remember, honor and celebrate their loved ones that have died.

Art kits are available through Hope’s Place for grieving children, a program of Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area.

Hope’s Place provides a safe, supportive environment for grieving children, teens and families through peer support groups that nurture and encourage safe expression of grief and loss.

Those who would like to receive an art kit or learn more about Hope’s Place and ways to support grieving children can contact Jillian Roy, bereavement coordinator, by calling 207-873-3615 or by emailing [email protected].

For more information about Waterville Creates, visit watervillecreates.org.

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