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TODAY   |  September 10, 2013

Therapists offer free treatment to grieving kids

When adults go through tragedy in their lives, they often rely on friends, but children can be left to deal with the pain alone. A small group of specialists created “Wings on Wheels” to help kids get through tough times with free therapy.

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>>> this morning on our special series hope to it, a movement to help the families of sick children.

>> when faced with tragedy, they often rely on a close network of friends or family to pull them through but when kids experience it it maybe too unbearable to express.

>> we found a group of therapists offering free therapy to add joy back into their lives lives.

>> 10-year-old hannah smith singing like an angel. [ singing ]

>> i dream of being a singer. it makes me feel better. it makes me feel i can share my story with other people.

>> reporter: a story that begins with the fight of her life.

>> they had to do a major surgery on my lung to get the nodules out. you know, the cancer off of them and hi to do another surgery to my leg.

>> she is a very deep thinker that has to process and try to verbalize.

>> reporter: hannah is one of the many children in the st. louis area who are getting free expressive grief therapy .

>> kids play and they do art and they write. and they love to sing. so we're really using what's really pleasurable to children and connecting it to grief therapy .

>> reporter: wings on wheels is a free program which allows han no to keep her close connections to peers despite being home bound.

>> allison thompsons helped her friends personalize a special song and delivered it with love. hope we brighten up your day with love we're sending you this song

>> i like it.

>> you like it.

>> it makes me feel that they're still with me.

>> a lot of families don't have access to expressive therapy and counseling. so the fact that this is a mobile expressive therapy program is really huge.

>> reporter: the proud parents of quadruplets also found comfort and piece through expressive therapy for their family.

>> hayden was the second born. his strength radiated very early on with all of his challenges.

>> reporter: in january, hayden passed away. it hasn't been easy for his brothers and sisters but with the help of therapy they are healing.

>> you know, if they're upset, already in the grieving process, you know, they can say to each other, i'm having spaghetti feelings. i want to play with you but i'm really sad. i don't know -- i don't know what to do. you know? and they can help each other in that aspect.

>> we're really trying to get across to kids that your feelings matter and your loved one matters.

>> i still have my family and friends and i just hope that i help myself to stay active and stay