Programs

Programs and Events

Upcoming Programs and Events

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 17 | Saturday | 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Join Mourning Hope, the LOSS Team, and the American Federation for Suicide Prevention as we gather to remember and honor those who have died by suicide. Survivor Day brings together people affected by suicide loss to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

Adults, teens and children (ages kindergarten and up) who have experienced the suicide death of someone significant in their lives are welcome to attend this free event. Survivor Day is not suitable for children under the age of five (5).

Continuing Education for Volunteers

December 3 | Monday | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

EMDR

This session is for current Mourning Hope Volunteer Facilitators. Learn about EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms of emotional distress. It uses a person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements. The eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of post-traumatic events. It aims to take out the mental blockage or imbalance in the mind from an emotional or adverse event that is causing intense suffering. When the block is removed, healing can resume. Clinicians use it to help individuals activate their natural healing processes. 

Melissa Tucci, presenter, has been trauma-trained in EMDR since 2015. She has a history of working with individuals who have experienced trauma since 2010 and has worked at various agencies, such as CEDARS and Child Guidance Center. 

Holiday Hope

December 9 | Sunday
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lincoln Children's Museum | Foundry

Holiday Hope is a program intended to support the bereaved during the often-difficult holiday season. To foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, local artists will partner with youth and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. A separate group for adults will be offered as well.

Youth Support (ages 5-12)

Kids will meet at the Lincoln Children's Museum for a holiday memory workshop, followed by free time to play in the museum. Bob Reeker, Visual Art & Computer Science Specialist at Elliott Elementary School and Art Education Adjunct Instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will work with kids to develop and grow through creative expression and critical thinking.

Teen Support (ages 13-18)

Teens will meet at the Lincoln Children's Museum, then walk one block to Foundry (formerly Nonprofit Hub) for a graffiti art session. Adam Schwaninger, Art Specialist at Schoo Middle School, will work with teens to focus on exploring and creating a piece that helps them understand art in a personal context.

Adult Support (18+)

Adult caregivers will meet in a private room on the third floor of the Lincoln Children’s Museum. This peer-support session will give tips on how to cope with the holiday season.

The Holiday Hope programs are free, but pre-registration is required. Snacks and supplies will be provided.  

Caregivers are encouraged to attend the Holiday Hope Caregiver Support Group, and are required to participate in “Snacks & Sharing” from 4 to 4:30 p.m.  

The Holiday Hope programs are not suitable for non-school aged children (ages 0-5.)

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Meets the second Monday of every month | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

December 10, 2018          March 11, 2019
January 14, 2019              April 8, 2019
February 11, 2019            May 13, 2019

The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is geared towards supporting those who have experienced the suicide death of someone significant in their lives. Participants will take part in small groups divided by age. Adults, teens and children (ages kindergarten and up) are welcome to attend. School-aged children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

This group is a supplement to the Family Grief and Young Adult Grief Groups to support the unique needs of survivors of suicide. You must be a past or present Mourning Hope participant in order to attend.

Please Note: This group is offered at no cost to individuals and families, however, pre-registration is required. Mourning Hope attempts to accommodate all registrants for our grief support groups, but programs do fill quickly and space is limited. This group is not suitable for children under the age of five (5).

The Spirit of Giving

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Southwood Lutheran Church (4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd. Lincoln, Nebr.)

When a parent or guardian has died, how does a child find the means to purchase and wrap a gift for their surviving caregiver? Many of the youth at Mourning Hope want to put a smile on their loved one’s face, and this event gives children the opportunity to choose gifts for their primary caregiver which brings great joy.

For the third year in a row, Southwood Lutheran Church is teaming up with Mourning Hope to support children in this gift-giving endeavor. Shopping for their caregiver is a rewarding and emotionally satisfying part of the holiday season.

Children who have experienced the death of a parent/guardian and have attended any Mourning Hope grief support program are invited to participate in a special event designed just for them.

  • Starting at 5:30 p.m., a free dinner will be served to the whole family and then kids will have time to select a gift for their caregiver, participate in a craft project, and wrap that special present for their loved one. After dinner, daycare will be available for any children under the age of 5.
  • While the kids are shopping, some tips and helpful information about how to care for oneself while navigating the stresses of the holiday season will be offered to caregivers, along with free chair massages.
  • There is no cost to attend this event thanks to the generosity of Southwood Lutheran Church. But in order to ensure an adequate number of gifts, craft projects, and food, families must register by December 3, 2018.

Please note that space is limited so we encourage you to register early.

10-Week Family Grief Support Group

January 17 - March 28 | Thursdays | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
March 19 - May 21 | Tuesdays | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
August 20 - October 22 | Tuesdays | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
September 30 - December 2 | Mondays | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

The 10-Week Family Grief Support Group is geared towards supporting any youth, ages kindergarten through high school senior that has experienced a significant death in their lives. Caregivers are required to attend a separate group that runs congruently with youth groups, where adults receive education on how to support a grieving child, as well as grief support themselves. 

Participants will take part in 10 weeks of small groups with peers who have also had significant death(s) in their lives. The support group helps youth process grief experiences through discussion, art, and dramatic play, in a peer group setting. 

Please Note: This group is offered at no cost to families, however, a commitment to participate in the full 10 weeks of group and pre-registration is required. Mourning Hope attempts to accommodate all registrants for our grief support groups, but programs do fill quickly and space is limited. Upon receiving your registration, a Mourning Hope staff member will contact you and confirm space availability; your family is not officially registered until that contact has been made. The 10-Week Family Grief Support Group is not suitable for children under the age of five (5).

Young Adult Grief Support Group

February 6, 13, 20, 27 | Wednesdays | 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | The Bay

The Mourning Hope Grief Center offers free grief support groups for those between the ages of 19 and 30(ish). Whether you are single, married, experienced the death of a family member, coworker or friend, Mourning Hope invites you participate in grief support sessions offered throughout the year.

Mourning Hope offers the opportunity for individuals to meet and discuss the wide range of emotions and various life events experienced following the death of a loved one. This is a safe, non-judgmental environment. Individuals will be invited to share their personal experiences with loss and grief, ask questions of the group as desired, and provide support for one another with the assistance of our dedicated staff and volunteers.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Dealing with strong emotions
  • Personal identity
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Maintaining healthy relationship
  • Acceptance of life changes and uncertainty

Please note: This group is offered at no charge to participants, but pre-registration is appreciated so we know who will be attending.

Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Bryan Medical Center - East Campus, Plaza Conference Center (1500 S. 48th Street, Lincoln)

Cost: Free to attend, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

This compassionate program is an opportunity to learn how to integrate grief into your life, and how to gently embrace the reality that the capacity to love requires the necessity to mourn. Together we'll explore:

  • Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out
  • Exploring the "Ripple Effect" of Grief: Loss of Self, Security, Meaning
  • Describing Potential Dimensions of Your Response
  • Identifying Six Central Needs of Your Mourning
  • Befriending Hope and Transformation: Love Goes On in the Face of Your Grief
  • Reflecting on Your "Bill of Rights" as a Mourner

Registration will be available via Bryan Health in November/December 2018.

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. His compassionate messages about healing in grief - based on his own personal losses as well as his experience supporting children, teens, adults, and families over the last three decades - speak not only to the intellect but to the hearts of all who hear him. Perhaps best known for his model of "companioning" versus "treating" mourners, Dr. Wolfelt is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well.

Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, Dr. Wolfelt serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wolfelt is the author of more than 50 bestselling books on grief and loss. He and his wife, Sue, a family physician, are parents to three children. They live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door to the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

When Grief Gets Stuck: Companioning Complicated Grief
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Where: Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center Room 302 (301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln)

Cost: To be determined in November/December 2018

After a significant loss, grief is normal and necessary. But sometimes a mourner's grief becomes naturally heightened, stuck, or made more complex by especially difficult circumstances surrounding the death or complications surrounding the nature of the relationship.

The workshop content will include exploring the origins of complicated grief, risk factors, common symptoms, sub-categories of complicated grief (unembarked, impasse, off-trail, and encamped), and provide specific guidance on caring for complicated grievers. Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the modern history of complicated grief
  • Identify complicated grief influences and risk factors
  • Describe symptoms and sub-categories of complicated grief
  • Explain the use of a companioning model for complicated grief
  • Facilitate the griever's work on six needs of mourning

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, Dr. Wolfelt serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wolfelt is the author of more than 50 bestselling books on grief and loss. He and his wife, Sue, a family physician, are parents to three children. They live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door to the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

This informative workshop will help anyone who wants to learn more about complicated grief (counselors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, hospice personnel, chaplains, nurses, school professionals, physicians, bereavement coordinators, funeral directors, and other professionals who work with grieving individuals.) Regardless of your specific job title or life role, you can and will benefit from this learning experience.

Information about contact hours, pricing and registration will be available in November/December 2018.

"Bits of Hope" 6-Week Family Grief Support Group

June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23 | Tuesdays | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
[Group will not meet on July 2]

Mourning Hope's 6-Week Family Grief Support Group, "Bits of Hope," is for families with youth ages kindergarten through 18 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. The six-week session is an abbreviated version of Mourning Hope's 10-week curriculum. Adult caregiver groups coincide with the session to offer grief support and education on how to best support grieving children. This shortened session is particularly helpful for families new to grief support groups, but is open to all.

Please Note: This group is offered at no cost to families, however, a commitment to participate in the full 6 weeks of group and pre-registration is required. Mourning Hope attempts to accommodate all registrants for our grief support groups, but programs do fill up quickly and space is limited. Upon receiving your registration, a Mourning Hope staff member will contact you and confirm space availability; your family is not officially registered until that contact has been made. Bits of Hope is not suitable for children under the age of five (5).

Past Programs and Events

Summer Art Studio

The Summer Art Studio is a one-day event that offers support to youth who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Mourning Hope partners with skilled artists and community members to provide children and teens a healthy, creative outlet for expressing intense feelings. 

Caregivers have the option of attending "Caregiver Connection," a group that supports grieving caregivers, as well as gives ideas about how to support a grieving child. This group runs congruently with the youth program.

Please note: This event is offered at no cost to families, but pre-registration is required.

Dia de los Muertos

November 4 | Sunday | 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nebraska History Museum
131 Centennial Mall North

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional holiday in many parts of Mexico and most Central and South American countries. Cultures honor their deceased loved ones with altars decorated with flowers, candles, food, and other traditional items.

On November 4, 2018, downtown Lincoln will be celebrating this event with many activities from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Click for more information.

It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. Marigolds guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors. Visit Mourning Hope at the Nebraska History Museum between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to craft your own marigold, and write an "If I could tell you one last thing..." letter.

Mourning Hope & NAGC Webcast on Children's Grief

November 8 | Thursday | 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Foundry (Nonprofit Hub)
211 North 14th Street

For Children's Grief Awareness Month, the Mourning Hope Grief Center - in collaboration with the National Alliance for Grieving Children - will host a fall webcast on children's grief.

Supporting Youth and Schools after a Community Tragedy

Death, dying, and bereavement are unfortunate themes that appear almost daily in news headlines. Rarely is there any discussion on a national level as to how community tragedy impacts the lives of children and teenagers. This webcast will provide insight into the challenges faced by children and teenagers impacted by a community tragedy. Presenters will provide practical information and advice for supporting children and teenagers in the aftermath of a tragedy. They will share information about how to talk to children about tragedy, how to engage the community, and ways to offer support throughout the grieving process.

Psychologists, counselors, MFT's and social workers can receive 3 CEs for attending.