Valerie's House Gives Children a Voice During National Children's Grief Awareness Month in November

Valerie's House Children Create Chalk Art
Valerie's House Children Create Chalk Art
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Oct. 31, 2022 - PRLog -- Valerie's House, a nonprofit organization helping children grieve the loss of a loved one, is participating in National Children's Grief Awareness Month in November with numerous activities to give grieving children a voice.

"The loss and destruction the Southwest Florida community has experienced from Hurricane Ian now further compounds the emotions grieving children are experiencing. Children are grieving so much – their schools, their homes, their entire neighborhoods, another loved one in their life may also have died," said Valerie's House Founder and CEO Angela Melvin.  "We must stand with them and support them now more than ever."

Two major events are planned during the month:

●          Valerie's House in Fort Myers will host an open house so the public including families, school professionals, and other community members can tour the house and learn more about its grief support services Thursday, November 17, which is National Children's Grief Awareness Day.  Professionals who work with children are encouraged to wear blue and drop by Valerie's House at 1762 Fowler St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please RSVP to

●          Valerie's House in Naples will host a Live Art Event on Friday, November 18, at 819 Myrtle Terrace.  Visitors are invited to drop by from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to meet local artists, enjoy small bites and a raffle as well as an opportunity to tour Valerie's House and learn more about how art helps children heal. Tickets are free. RSVP to

Throughout National Children's Grief Awareness Month, Valerie's House will share personal stories from families during videos, podcasts, interviews and other profiles posted on Facebook and on their website. They also are encouraging residents to share their own stories of loss on social media and how they have survived the trauma.

Valerie's House counselors have been invited into Lee County schools during November to train school personnel on how to help children experiencing the trauma of losing their school or home to Hurricane Ian.

Valerie's House provides a safe, comfortable place for children and their families to heal together following the death of someone they love. Valerie's House offers support groups and other activities at a home on 1762 Fowler Street in Fort Myers and a home in Naples at 819 Myrtle Terrace. Valerie's House also holds group meetings in Charlotte County at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda at 507 W. Marion Ave. and at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2565 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.  Support services are also offered in Pensacola. Valerie's House is a United Way partner agency and is fully supported by community donations.  More information can be found at

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