We offer programs designed for children of all ages
The death of a parent, sibling, or someone close can be devastating for children and teens of all ages. Children experience a range of intense emotions including sadness, anger, fear, and guilt. They often feel isolated and unable to talk about the death with peers who have not had a similar experience. They also may be reluctant to share their grief with surviving family members for fear of upsetting them. Too often, children end up grieving alone.
Kids Who Care (ages 5–12)
A peer support group that brings together youth and families with similar death loss experiences to help normalize feelings, share experiences, and connect with other kids who are experiencing similar struggles.
For a primer on what grief looks like in children, please read this resource.
The groups help children process their losses and the accompanying emotions. Our trained staff and volunteers support the children as they use art, activity, and story telling to work through the emotions evoked by their loss. Past projects have included activities focused on how to understand feelings of anger, sadness, and worry and sharing favorite memories of loved ones. Kids Who Care support groups are open-ended and are offered at no cost. Dinner is served during the group.
Kids Grief Support
While we can’t gather our Kids Who Care groups and School Services are paused, we are offering do-at-home activities for families and care kits.
Participants receive the support of peers who can truly relate. They benefit from hearing how others have coped, and the realization that they are not alone in their experience of loss. They benefit from helpful guidance on how to manage and express their complex emotions in a healthy manner. The group serves as a safe place for youth to come, share, connect, and heal.
The teen group also includes outings that offer teens the opportunity to have fun with others teens struggling to find joy after loss. Activities include bowling, movies, pizza parties, hiking, and other exciting activities each quarter.
Teen group for people aged (13-18) is meeting online via Zoom twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please complete an Inquiry Form and a staff member will call you back within 1-2 business days to talk about the group and discuss ways to talk with your teen about the group.
Parents and Guardians will also need to complete a consent form for online services before starting on group.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Onsite: For kids ages 5-12, we offer our Kids Who Care group, which uses play and activity to help kids understand and express their emotions around their loss, develop positive coping skills, and maintain a connection to the loved one who died. There is a concurrent group for the child’s parent/guardian. This program is bilingual, so that families who speak Spanish can participate.
- Offsite: We partner with local school districts to provide services at the child’s school. School services are offered in English and Spanish. Learn more about our school grief support options. (link to schools FAQ)