The Lighthouse for Grieving Children has moved to a new home! They are now located in a recently refurbished and larger building at the corner of Rebecca St. and Bronte Rd. They had outgrown their former space in downtown Oakville, which is a testament not only to the need for this kind of grief support in Halton, but also to the sheer hardwork and determination of Lighthouse staff dedicated to providing support services to children.
The result is a light-filled, cozy space with several multi-purpose rooms across two floors. The house is designed to welcome and support children from toddlers up to high school where they can roleplay, play games, engage in talking circles or find quiet space to find room to grieve the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. Grief is expressed in so many different ways and at so many different times, and sometimes it is through play that these feelings can be expressed.
Space is also dedicated to the parents who bring them, so that they might meet with other parents going through similar situations. There is a wall covered in photos and dedicated to those lost loved ones. Another wall is a photographic record of their former location in downtown Oakville which acts as a bridge between old and new.
I recently attended The Lighthouse Open House and had the pleasure of speaking with Executive Director Britta Martini-Miles. She was very quick to acknowledge the role Knox has played in the Lighthouse story over these past few years. Our Knox congregation has provided funding for yearly programming, research into a Lighthouse young adults support group, and we have provided meeting space at Knox for satellite Lighthouse groups as well. Your contributions, through the Memorial Trust, are making a difference in our Oakville community.
If you are interested in seeing more, you are most welcome to visit the Lighthouse for a tour by one of the staff. Just give them a call at (905) 337-2333
If you are interested in making a gift to the Trust or to Outreach to support these and other programs, please speak to Matt Foxall (Outreach Cluster Coach) or Heather Carey (Memorial Trust Chair).