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February 13, 2019

Handicraft for the soul

“That tickles!” Johanna shouts as she is having her hand painted. With her painted hand she leaves a handprint on a canvas to immortalize herself, as well as the other children of the bereavement group of the Coburg Hospice Association.

Once a month, the Coburg Hospice Association offers an open bereavement group for children and young people who have lost a loved one. Here they can express their grief and feelings and process this experience, along with other children who are going through the same thing.

For a long time the bereavement group wished for making over the group room so that it’s more attractive. Claudia Stöcklein, Product Manager at Heldbergs finally planned interior design makeover. After meeting with the coordinator of the hospice association and quickly inspecting the premises, she came up with the idea of doing a good deed here. “It’s a great coincidence that right now we’ve been offered support to brighten up our group room.”, says the house coordinator Barbara Brüning-Wolter with pleasure.

“It’s a great coincidence that right now we’ve been offered support to brighten up our group room.”

Claudia enlisted the support of Bettina Mautner, a designer at HABA, to realize the good deed. Together they visited the children’s bereavement group so that they could find out in advance what the children wanted as a design. Afterwards they really worked hard to fulfill as many of their wishes as possible.

One Friday afternoon, the time had finally come. Sitting in a circle, led by pastoral worker Christian Beck and the honorary bereavement counselor Dagmar Glaubitz, all the children introduced themselves and Claudia and Bettina explain why they are there today. After doing the introductory round, firstly the children inspect the craft stations and make plans.

Then they get started. While the younger children plunge into materials from the “Sachenmacher” range and create loving memory boxes from them, the older children in the bereavement group devote themselves to painting the bereavement box they desired. The bereavement box built by the HABA training workshop is intended to give the children the option of tossing in their worries and questions.

“It’s nice to see how people are working here,” says pastoral worker Christian. All the children write their names and stick on their instant images, so that later on they can also identify their hands.

All of the children are clearly enthusiastic about the campaign and are looking forward to continuing the improvements with their new handicrafts.

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