Home Nursing promotes ‘Wear Blue’ day

Courtesy photo Volunteers at the Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch in Cambria County kicked off preparations for Children’s Grief Awareness Day on Nov. 16 displaying their blue butterflies — each unique and special just like the grief journey of every child. Pictured are (from left): kneeling — Heidi Cobaugh, Laura Halligan, Maria Brown and Carrie Waksmunski; standing — Beth Burkhart, Tammy Brletrick, Monica Klatt, Jeannette Price, Sue Glass, Sharon Troy and Regis Schall.

Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch is promoting “Wear Blue” on Nov. 16 to recognize Children’s Grief Awareness Day.

One out of seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 20, according to the Nation-al Alliance of Grieving Children (NAGC).

More than ever, these grieving children and their families need support.

“Over the past 11 years, the Healing Patch has provided grief services to hundreds of local families following the death of a loved one,” said Allison Stockley, manager of volunteers and bereavement services for Home Nursing Agency and Family Hospice.

“We accompany children and families during the difficult journey of piecing their lives back together…without their loved one.”

The Thursday before Thanksgiving is set aside each year as Children’s Grief Awareness Day for an annual opportunity to recognize the unique needs of grieving children. The public can show support simply by wearing blue on Nov. 16.

For the third year, volunteers created hundreds of handmade blue butterfly pins, as a blue butterfly is the symbol of hope for grieving children. Stop by any Home Nursing Agency office to make a donation (suggested donation of $1 each) and choose a pin to wear for Children’s Grief Awareness Day.

“We greatly appreciate our Healing Patch volunteers, community members and local sewing/quilting groups for their ongoing support of this important project,” said Melody Ray, Healing Patch volunteer coordinator/grief specialist/social worker who coordinates the HNA Butterfly Project.

“The uniqueness of each handmade butterfly is what makes it so special. Through this project, we are hoping to increase the awareness of the grieving children in our community. Donations raised will be used to purchase materials for grief support groups held in Blair and Cambria counties, as well as in-school peer support groups.”

Home Nursing Agency encourages the public to send any photos of yourself, family members, co-workers or others wearing blue or butterfly pins on Nov. 16 to Melody Ray at mray@homenursingagency.com. Submitted photos will be shared on the Home Nurs-ing Agency Facebook page.

To learn more about local grief resources or refer a child/family for services, please contact Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch at 800-445-6262 or visit: http://www.homenursingagency.com/our-services/childrens-services/healing-patch.