Here you will find everything you need to know about our workshops, activities, camps, and other support programs, tailored specifically with our young hearts in mind!
Cornerstone is proud to offer services for all youth living in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. Click below to learn more about each of the services we offer and how your child can participate!
Cornerstone’s Kids Program
Cornerstone is excited to share our NEW Cornerstone’s Kids program! Starting October 2020, all children ages 6-17 living in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties will be eligible to participate in our program!
Cornerstone’s Kids was developed with the intention of creating a safe space for children to express themselves, while also helping to alleviate stress that comes with the natural cycle of life. With utilization of art therapy, creative writing, storytelling, play therapy, and visualization, among other modalities, children can feel most comfortable exploring their thoughts and feelings through a medium that comes naturally to them.
As a member of the Cornerstone’s Kids program, your child will receive the following:
- A Cornerstone’s Kids welcome packet
- Access to exclusive member-only events
- Monthly Cornerstone’s Kids event calendars
- A card mailed out every year on his/her birthday
- A card mailed out every year on the death anniversary of his/her loved one (for bereaved members)
- Option to participate in Camp Bridges (for bereaved members)
Here you will find our current calendar of events, open to all CSK members, as well as a guide to help determine which activities will be best suited for your child. Please email Cornerstoneskids@cshospice.org if you are interested in participating or have questions about the activities offered.
Is your child struggling with grief after the loss of a close friend or loved one? He or she may be eligible to participate in Camp Bridges, our annual overnight bereavement camp!
Camp Bridges has been happily serving children ages 6-17 for the past 20+ years in the Central Florida area. Studies show that nature therapy can be extremely therapeutic for children experiencing a loss. It’s the perfect way to learn through observation about the natural cycle of life and death. Camp Bridges offers the unique opportunity for grieving children to join together in a safe space where they can connect with other kids who are going through a similar experience. Camp Bridges is funded by our generous sponsors, allowing us to offer this experience free of charge to our bereaved children. Our next camp is scheduled for May 15th and 16th, 2021 at The Florida Elks Youth Camp, Umatilla, Florida. Slots fill up quickly so please complete and submit your application in a timely manner to ensure that your child can participate.
Children tend to grieve differently from adults, which means they require a unique and compassionate approach when helping them understand what has just happened to their loved one. Children don’t always know the words to verbalize how they feel about loss, and oftentimes try to be the “strong” one by delaying their grief process for the benefit of others. Talking to a specially trained professional can help!
Is your child struggling to cope with their grief after a loss? Our Children’s Bereavement Counselor, Kristen Nardolillo, LCSW, is available Monday through Friday for individual bereavement counseling sessions. Please email CornerstonesKids@cshospice.org if you are interested in your child participating in individual bereavement counseling.
Whether your child is struggling with grief after loss, or your teen is having a challenging time coping with recent world events, Cornerstone offers a variety of virtual support groups designed to meet the needs of children and teens in the central Florida area.
At this time, our Children’s Bereavement Counselor is offering the following support groups:
- Virtual Youth Grief Support Group – This group is open to any child ages 6-11 who has experienced a loss due to death, incarceration, or deportation of a loved one. The group meets every first Monday of the month from 3pm-4pm.
- Virtual Teen Grief Support Group – This group is open to any teen ages 12-17 who has experienced a loss due to death, incarceration, or deportation of a loved one. The group meets every first Tuesday of the month from 3pm-4pm.
- Virtual Teen Talks Support Group – This group is open to any teen ages 12-17 who is experiencing stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
- Virtual Kids Yoga Group – This group meets every Monday from 4pm-4:30pm for a kid-friendly guided yoga practice. Open to all children ages 6-11.
- Virtual Teens Yoga Group – This group meets every Tuesday from 4pm-4:45pm for a teen-friendly guided yoga practice. Open to all teens ages 12-17.
- Virtual Mindful Mondays – This group meets every Monday from 8:00am-8:15am for a guided mindfulness practice.
Please email CornerstonesKids@cshospice.org if you are interested in participating or have questions about the groups offered.
About Our Children’s Bereavement Counselors
Ms. Nardolillo received a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Master of Social Work degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida. Kristen obtained her License in Clinical Social Work with the State of Florida in 2020 and is currently in pursuit of a PhD in Holistic Life Coaching.
Ms. Nardolillo has a passion for helping others identify and appreciate the uniqueness within themselves. She utilizes strengths-based therapeutic techniques, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral and narrative therapies, and mindfulness practice, among others. Her background includes five years of hospital-related clinical social work experience at Nemours Children’s Hospital, as well as several years working with individuals, couples, and families in the private practice setting. She has worked with a diverse population with complex conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, as well as a variety of mental health conditions.
*Note: All groups are currently being held via Zoom video chat to accommodate for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A waiver must be signed by parent/guardian before a child can participate in any virtual groups.