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    Ray of Hope is designed to aid kids who are facing the loss of a loved one due to a life-threatening illness. The ages range from 8 to 18. Christina Dekkar, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for Hospice of Palm Beach County, visits all schools in Palm Beach County to help these kids cope with the inevitable. Each year as many as a hundred students or more receive group services. Groups are six weeks long and the sessions last 45 minutes to an hour.
   
    “The students I work with have so much courage,” said Christina. “Death is such a difficult topic and the students I see are so open. They tell me all the time how much they love group because they usually have no one to talk to about their circumstances. I think the best part of the group atmosphere is that the students get a chance to meet others who are going through the same experience. It is amazing to see how much the children grow in just six weeks.”
   
   

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