Creating resilience in the face of serious illness

Facing a chronic or life-threatening illness is difficult, no matter how old you are. For children and adolescents, watching a parent deal with such an illness can lead to feelings of isolation and difference from their peers.

Joanna’s Place and Hospice of the South Shore, part of the South Shore Health System, bring families this free, informative workshop on coping with illness. Facilitated by Maria Trozzi, each session includes a pizza dinner followed by activities that build coping skills, promote resilience, and encourage family members to share their feelings with others experiencing similar challengesChildren meet separately from parents for age appropriate activities.

Why attend

When life takes an unexpected turn and a caregiver faces a terminal or chronic illness, it can feel like the world is falling apart and no one understands what you’re going through. Yet, being with people facing similar challenges can make a real difference in how you and your kids manage the situation.

What you need to know

  • This workshop is for parents and kids, ages 6-18.
  • It typically lasts 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • This program is provided at no cost to families.

"It was very nice to have the chance to talk with others going through similar issues and I would be interested in coming again if it's offered."

Patricia Ream, Weymouth

Participant, Coping with Illness Workshop