Upcoming Programs and Events
"Bits of Hope" 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 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-night session is an abbreviated version of Mourning Hope's 10-night 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 all 6 nights 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).
Young Adult Grief Support Group
June 3, 17, 24, July 1 | Mondays
October 3, 10, 17, 24 | Thursdays
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Bay, 2005 Y Street
The Mourning Hope Grief Center offers free grief support groups for those between the ages of 18 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.
Continuing Education for Volunteers
June 26 | Wednesday | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Medium, Intuitive, Empath
This session is for current Mourning Hope Volunteer Facilitators. Learn how a Medium can provide direction and validation after a death loss. Mediums are common on television and often give those seeking guidance unrealistic expectations. We will hear how divination tools are used to connect with spirit and bring messages from those who have died. Messages may come in the form of an emotion, feeling or mental images, and hopefully provide some comfort and healing to the bereaved.
Come with an open mind and an open heart!
Kelli Higgins, presenter, is a healing medium, intuitive and empath.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Meets once a month
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
July 15, 2019
August 19, 2019
September 16, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 23, 2019 (International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day)
December 16, 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 intended to be a supplement to the Family Grief and Young Adult Grief Groups to support the unique needs of survivors of suicide.
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).
Mourning in Motion
July 20 | Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ages 6 to 11)
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ages 12 to 17)
Mourning in Motion (formerly Art From Our Heart) 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. Projects include visual arts, movement, drama, music, and writing.
In partnership with the Lincoln Arts Council, children and teens will work with local artists on a percussion-based session.
Supplies and snacks are provided for all attendees.
Please note: This event is offered at no cost to families, but pre-registration is required. Each session is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt
When: Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. to 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.
Thank you to our sponsors, HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation and Bryan Health.
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
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: Tuesday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where: Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center Room 302 (301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln)
Cost: $129 by July 22; $139 after July 22. $79 for current volunteer facilitators.
Contact Hours: 6.0 for licensed mental health practitioners, funeral directors and nurses
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.
Family Grief Support Group
August 20 - October 22 [Tuesdays]
September 30 - December 2 [Mondays]
The 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 nights 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 all 10 nights 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 Family Grief Support Group is not suitable for children under the age of five (5).
Ice Cream for Mourning Hope
Ivanna Cone | 701 P Street
Throughout the month of September, Ivanna Cone will be featuring a signature ice cream flavor in honor of Mourning Hope!
"Hope on the Horizon" is an orange-grenadine ice cream with maraschino cherries, shortbread cookies, and sprinkles. Yum!
A portion of the sales from "Hope on the Horizon" will be generously donated to Mourning Hope to benefit the grieving children, teens, young adults and their families who seek our services.
Thank you for your support, Ivanna Cone!
Mourning Hope Night at Ivanna Cone
Tuesday, September 24
Ivanna Cone | 701 P Street
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for ice cream on Tuesday, September 24!
Ivanna Cone will be generously donating 10% of sales between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to the Mourning Hope Grief Center! Grab a treat, and visit with the MH staff.
Dia de los Muertos
November 3 | 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 3, 2019, downtown Lincoln will be celebrating this event with many activities from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Click for more information.
Mourning Hope & NAGC Webcast on Children's Grief
November 8 | Friday | Time TBD
1201 Infinity Court
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.
Ethical Considerations for Grief Support after a Traumatic Death
Details and contact hours will be released in 2019.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
November 23 | Saturday | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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).
The Spirit of Giving
December 12 | Thursday | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Southwood Lutheran Church
4301 Wilderness Hills Boulevard
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 fourth 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 6 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 5.
Registration will be available in the fall of 2019.
Past Programs and Events
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 adult caregivers 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. Artists 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.)