Honoring Oliver – Club helps children process grief after devastating loss of member Oliver Hitchcock

By Christina Singh  |  April 1, 2022

With incredible sadness, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County mourns the untimely death of second grader Oliver Hitchcock, a member at our Sheboygan Falls site since 2020. Once voted “most likely to invent something awesome,” Oliver always made people smile. He loved airplanes, trains, creating art, and the color purple – which staff have been wearing in his honor.

 “Oliver was a treasured Club member. Losing him, and the difficult circumstances surrounding his passing have been incredibly hard for kids, families, and staff,” said CEO Christina Singh.

We recognize that the grieving process looks different for everyone, and the Club has put in place flexible support resources to help guide young ones and adults as we all navigate his loss.

“Right now, we’re focused on making sure everyone has what they need,” said Singh, “whether that’s time to talk, or the opportunity to process their emotions through play. ”

This week, staff have coordinated activities that engage kids at their own pace including making memory boxes and purple paper airplanes as well as community gatherings. We are also working with the school district to identify any children who may need assistance from grief counselors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County also offers resources for families, such as how to talk to kids about death and loss as well as connections to local mental health providers. If you or a loved one needs help, we encourage you to call Sheboygan’s 24-Hour Crisis Response line at: 920-459-3151.

Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to Oliver’s loved ones and friends. As always, we remain committed to the young people we serve, their families, and our community.

Pictured: Purple hearts adorn the entrance at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County headquarters
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