Receiving unfathomable news about a child with a life-limiting condition is a parent’s worst nightmare. Covenant Care will be with you every step of the way to provide compassionate support to your child and entire family. Our kids care team specializes in pediatric patients and will keep your child comfortable and pain free, while guiding you in making decisions for your child.
Covenant Care also offers programs for children and teens who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Knowing how to comfort grieving kids can be difficult, and parents may not feel they have the background to help their children cope. Even if they have had no previous connection to our organization, Covenant Care can step in with several programs to assist grieving children and the adults in their lives.
Download PDF: “Coping with Grief and Loss: A Handbook for Survivors”
This journey is impossible to imagine until you are asked to embark upon it. The path to parenthood is wrought with emotion, but when your child is diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting condition, the feelings of grief can be raw and overwhelming.
Children with life-limiting conditions and their families need specialized services during such a challenging and emotional time. Covenant Care provides extensive care and support to infants, children and adolescents in the home, hospital, and long-term care and respite facilities. If the condition is no longer manageable at home, care is also available at the Covenant Inpatient Hospice Center at the Joyce Goldenberg Campus in Pensacola, the Covenant Inpatient Hospice Center at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, the Covenant Inpatient Hospice Center at Bay Medical – Sacred Heart Health System in Panama City, or the Covenant Inpatient Hospice Center at Providence Hospital in Mobile.
An individualized plan of care is developed in collaboration with you and your child’s referring physician. Services may include nursing visits, personal care assistance, medication management, medical supplies and equipment, counseling, supportive therapies and volunteer assistance.
Partners in Care – Together for Kids (PIC-TFK)
Partners in Care – Together for Kids (PIC-TFK) is a Florida-based program of specialized support services for children diagnosed with a chronic illness. Covenant Care was the first organization in the nation to serve a child as a part of this demonstration project, a joint effort between the Florida Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration (Florida Medicaid) and Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Organization.
Primary care physicians refer children to Children’s Medical Services, which will then refer to Covenant Care’s PIC-TFK program.
- Individual, group, family/caregiver counseling
- 24-hour-a-day on-call counseling service
- Supportive therapies
- In-home respite care: gives caregivers an opportunity to leave the home to attend their own appointments, run errands or take a break to gather their thoughts
- Pain and symptom control consultation
- Palliative in-home nursing
- Palliative in-home personal care
- Bereavement counseling
- Volunteer services
To be eligible for the PIC-TFK program:
- Medicaid must be the child’s primary insurance.
- Enrollment in the Children’s Medical Services Network is required.
- Children must be diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting condition.
- Patients must reside in the service area.
For more information, please contact Covenant Care at 1.855.CARE.365 or the local Children’s Medical Services office.
The feelings of loss following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming and confusing for children. Through our children’s bereavement program, Covenant provides comfort and reassurance to children who have suffered a loss. Our trained specialists offer child-specific counseling, support groups, literature and community education on children’s grief issues. Art, puppetry, journaling, games and stories are a few of the methods used to help children cope with the death of a loved one.
Camp Connect is an overnight bereavement camp for children ages 6-15 who have suffered a loss, or who have a terminally-ill loved one. Utilizing confidence-building exercises and artistic activities, Camp Connect gives children the opportunity to explore and express their emotions, equips them with a better understand of their grief and offers ways of coping with their feelings – all while making connections with others who have experienced a loss.
This free camp helps children find laughter in their tears, strength in their fears and a helping hand in their journey through grief.
For only $100, you can send a child to Camp Connect and know your dollars will make a difference as our bereavement specialists provide enriching experiences to foster new friendships, explore the grief process and honor the lives of loved ones. Donate today!
Throughout the year in various regions, Covenant Care holds therapeutic activity sessions for bereaved children who are unable to attend Camp Connect. These day-long and half-day activities range from painting and pottery throwing to horseback riding and boating. This purposeful play in a group setting helps children realize they are not alone in their loss and allows them to experience hope and joy in the midst of their grieving.
Check our calendar for the next activity session in your area.
The Comfort Kit is a grief toolkit designed to help children work through their feelings of loss and to assist parents and caregivers in talking with their children about death. The kit contains age-appropriate books, dolls, art supplies and a parent pack filled with information and literature on children’s grief.
Available to any family in the Covenant Care service area, the Comfort Kit is a resource to build the confidence of a family to talk, play, write and draw their feelings – turning grief into hope and remembrance.
Where there’s a child in need of hope, you can provide a bag to carry their burdens, for a gift of just $75. Donate today!