Palliative Manitoba wants to give a little warmth to grieving children and youth

Palliative Manitoba wants to give a little warmth to grieving children and youth, Iryna Chyrkova

Volunteers are creating scarves for kids and teens who lost a close person.

The executive director of the charity Palliative Manitoba, Jennifer Gurke, said the organization wants to find more people who can knit scarves for grieving children and youth.

"They're meant to be hugs for children who are grieving," said Jennifer Gurke. "We teach children that they can use real and honest language when expressing their grief, that they don't need to keep that inside."

All scarves are one-meter-long and have mittens at the ends that imitate hugging arms.  These scarves will be given to all children who take part in Kids Grieve and Teens Grieve.

"This is also a tangible way to let children know that they're being thought of in this really difficult time that they're having," Gurke said. "We are accepting scarves starting now. Our goal is 200 by the beginning of May."

The doors of the organization are always open for everybody who wants to help in their contact center. Last year about 70 people supported the initiative.

"Telephone support allows individuals to be companioned or supported in the comfort of their own home. They get to maintain their anonymity and their dignity as well," Gurke said.

Detailed information can be found on the official website of Palliative Manitoba. 

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