The Hopewell Centre provides a variety of courses each year. Subjects include Grief Counselling, with a focus on Children and Grief, Palliative Care, Child-Parent Relationships Training, and Play Therapy, as well as programs with a focus on health and wellbeing for volunteers and staff.
A monthly discussion group, “Explorations in Spirituality and Worship,” is held in the Hospice, and a weekly Women’s Group is held in the Paradise Kids Training Room to provide support for women and a like-minded group for sharing life experiences.
Paradise Kids offers a 7-session Grief and Loss Support program, as well as individual counselling for children and adults. Activities include art, story-telling, breath work, stress-reduction exercises, meditation, guided visualisations, movement, music and laughter. Groups are also provided for parents.
Children in the Paradise Kids programs are all dealing with forms of grief and loss, such as a death in their family or family break-up. They are supported in learning life skills for dealing with these painful experiences. Morning groups are for pre-school age children, and groups for primary school age children are held after school and Saturday mornings. In an atmosphere of peer support, and with leadership from professional counsellors, each child is supported individually by a volunteer “buddy” who is trained in grief counselling. “