Karen Grant, LCSW, children’s program developer for Halifax Health-Hospice BeginAgain Lawrence E. Whelan Children’s Grief Center, was recently recognized by the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association as the 2015 Award of Excellence – Community Outreach Winner for Program Innovation.
Grant received the award for her development of the Hearts & Hooves retreat program presented by the Halifax Health – Hospice BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center. A retreat for families, young children and teens involving expression through art and horses, Hearts & Hooves offers trained grief counselors who guide participants through artistic activities and allow them healing interaction with horses. The activities give children and teens, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe and peaceful outlet for their grief expression. The retreat is available for families with children and teens eight to 18 years of age. Grant developed the retreat jointly with her husband, Greg Grant, owner of the Artquest School of Art & Design in Ormond Beach, which hosts the program.
A graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Southern Mississippi where she completed a Master of Social Work degree, Grant created and implemented Camp BeginAgain, the BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center and Hearts & Hooves. She is responsible for the planning, management and supervision of the support group programs and program staff. Her professional certifications include: Certified Equine Psychotherapist; Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Certified Grief Therapist.
The Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Awards of Excellence program was created to identify, recognize and showcase the outstanding and innovative work of individual staff members and hospice programs throughout the state of Florida. The award program aims to provide a venue for hospice professionals to honor their peers and highlight the very best hospice has to offer.
For more information on Halifax Health-Hospice grief programs for children and teens, visit halifaxhealth.org/hospice or call 386.258.5100.