Children’s artwork will join the works of famous artists at the Christian Hohmann’s Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert on November 15 in recognition of Children’s Grief Awareness Day.
The artwork display by children and teens from Mourning Star Centers showcases their grief and loss journey, allowing them to express their feelings, begin the healing process and find hope after the loss of a loved one.
A special private viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the art gallery, 73660 El Paseo, in Palm Desert. A $10 entrance fee includes one free glass of wine.
Proceeds benefit Mourning Star Centers in Palm Desert, Riverside and Victorville, which are part of the community outreach efforts supported by the Visiting Nurse Association of California and funded 100 percent through the generosity of individuals, organizations, businesses, and grants.
Patrons are asked to wear blue on November 15 while Mourning Star Center staff will don special Children’s Grief Awareness Day T-shirts in support of the children and their artistic efforts.
A second display will be held November 17 during the International Survivors of Suicide Day held at CSUSB Palm Desert, 37500 Cook St.
Children’s Grief Awareness Day began in 2008, originating in Pennsylvania by the Highmark Caring Place to shed light on the plight of children and teens that experience the loss of a family member or friend. One out of every 20 children will have a parent die before they graduate from high school, according to the Children’s Grief Awareness Day website.
In addition during November, Mourning Star Centers will display inspirational and support messages on HOPE the butterfly from staff, volunteers, local colleges, high schools, businesses and community members.
About Mourning Star Centers
Dedicated to providing gentle and loving support to children and teens that are experiencing grief, Mourning Star Centers provide a supportive and safe environment that facilitates the process of healing. Each summer, the Centers staff Camp Erin, an annual grief camp that allows for sharing, learning new coping skills, and having fun. Mourning Star Centers are one of the many community outreach programs provided by the Visiting Nurse Association of the Inland Counties. Activities of the Centers are supported solely by the community from generous individuals, organizations and businesses, and through grants. For more information about Mourning Star Centers or Camp Erin, please contact: www.MourningStar.org or 760.836.0360.