On Nov. 13 in the Fred Rogers Center, representatives from Excela Health, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media teamed up to unveil the brochure “When Someone Your Child Loves Dies: A Guide from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media” and discuss the services offered to support parents and other adults as they care for a grieving child.
Saint Vincent students and the staff of the Fred Rogers Center developed the brochure based on research on child bereavement and Fred Rogers’ work focused on child grief. The partnering organizations are continuing to develop curricula for grief support groups for children up to age 19. In addition to the research done by the SVC students in the Fred Rogers Center, art therapy students from Seton Hill will be utilized to provide children such a natural outlet to express their feelings, complementing the work of the members of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice bereavement services.
After welcoming remarks from Saint Vincent president Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., other speakers at the ceremony included Jim Joyce, manager of Excela’s hospice and palliative care program, and Dr. Dana Winters, director of Simple Interactions and academic programs at the Fred Rogers Center. Also in attendance were Westmoreland County commissioners Gina Cerilli and Ted Kopas, with Cerilli offering remarks and an official proclamation recognizing the partnership between Excela, Saint Vincent, the Fred Rogers Center and Seton Hill.
PHOTO 1: From left to right: Dr. Dana Winters, director of Simple Interactions and academic programs at the Fred Rogers Center; Emma Lee, senior program associate at the Fred Rogers Center; Megan Morrone, junior psychology major from Homestead; Jenna Matijevic, junior psychology major from North Huntingdon; Journie Crutchman, junior early childhood education major from Carmichaels; and Saint Vincent president Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B. pose in front of paper butterflies emblazoned with inspirational sayings aimed at helping children overcome their grief
PHOTO 2: Jenna Matijevic (left) and Megan Morrone unveil the brochure "When Someone Your Child Love Dies," created by a collaborative effort between Saint Vincent students and the staff of the Fred Rogers Center.
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