Hospice van helps kids dealing with grief or illness

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- When adults face tragedy they often turn to family and friends to help pull them through.

But when children experience grief or illness, that pain may be too unbearable to express.

BJC in St. Louis has started a unique program for it called the Wings On Wheels Van, a brightly colored van that visits, homes, schools, churches, wherever children are grieving.

Jennifer Lang is an expressive therapist who brings the van filled with books, games and art to help children deal with their emotions.  For example, making masks is an effective way to help with emotional healing.

BJC Wings Pediatric Hospice brought together a group of dedicated specialists to bring fun to a child who is in emotional pain.

It is sad that there has to be a van like this helping hundreds of children who are dealing with an illness or the loss of a loved one of friend, but at the same time it is an important service that brings hope and compassion for children  so they don`t believe they are alone in their thoughts.

You have a chance to support or learn more about the wow program. 

Magellan Health Services is hosting a trivia night to raise money for the BJC Hospice Wings Program. The event is Saturday night at Machinists Hall on St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton.  Doors open at 6.  The trivia game starts at 7.

 Our Dan Gray will emcee the event.

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