The loss of a child creates a heavy burden of grief for the family and friends. To help prepare for an expected loss or deal with the unexpected loss of a child, Sutter Care at Home Hospice and Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento offers the resources of compassionate professionals who help each family member move through grieving in a personal way.
Grief specialists can include members of the pastoral team, social workers and Child Life Specialists. The specialists incorporate therapy that's appropriate for the age and relationship of each individual. Children often benefit from the play and art therapy, while older siblings and parents may need someone outside the family to talk with.
Sutter also offers Children's Bereavement Art Group. The program uses the creative arts as a second language to help children and their families express grief after a loved one has died.