Services

Family Grief Support Group

Family Grief Support Group

The family grief series is for families with youth ages kindergarten through age 18, who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Children and teens come to Mourning Hope following the death of a sibling, parent, grandparent or friend. All are welcome. 

New families are welcome to join the 10-week group for the first two weeks of the series. Thereafter, the series is closed. This allows those attending to establish trust and comfort among a familiar group as they do the difficult work of mourning. 

Mourning Hope has developed a curriculum for its 10-week family grief series based upon the work of nationally known death educator-counselor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, and our experience working with hundreds of grieving families since Mourning Hope's beginnings in 1994. The curriculum includes discussion themes and activities to help kids express themselves through art, games and dramatic play. After a brief time together with all the families in the series, participants divide up by age group. The size of each age group ranges from three to eight youth, and each group has two volunteer facilitators. 

Some families choose to contact Mourning Hope within the first few months after the death of a loved one. Others wait a year or more before calling. There is no timeline for grief and the choice is different for each family. As children grow and develop they often re-grieve losses as their developmental abilities progress, so many families attend the grief series more than once. 

For families new to support groups, or for those who need a bit of extra support on their grief journey, Mourning Hope offers a 4-week abbreviated version of the 10-week group. "Bits of Hope" focuses on Dr. Alan Wolfelt's first four Needs of Mourning: Acknowledging the reality of the death, embracing the pain of the loss, remembering the person who died and developing a new self-identity.

Please email hope@mourninghope.org or call 402.488.8989 with questions about family grief support groups and events.

2018 Family Grief Support Group Dates

June 6, 13, 20, 27 | Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

August 21 - October 30 | Tuesdays | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
[No group on October 16, LPS Fall Break]

October 11 - December 20 | Thursdays | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
[No group on November 22]