Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, November 23
Bryan Health - West Campus
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join Mourning Hope, Bryan Health, 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).
Registration is free, and lunch will be provided.
Sunday, December 8 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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 5-18)
Youth will come together for a holiday memory workshop to develop and grow through creative expression and critical thinking.
Adult Support (18+)
Adult caregivers will meet in a separate space for a peer-support session, including tips on how to cope with the holiday season.
Please note: 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 3 to 3:30 p.m. The Holiday Hope programs are not suitable for non-school aged children (ages 0-5.)
The Spirit of Giving
Thursday, December 12 | Southwood Lutheran Church
4301 Wilderness Hills Boulevard | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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 4.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Monday, December 16 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is geared toward 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).
Family Grief Support Group
January 14 - March 24 | Tuesdays
(No group March 10 due to LPS Spring Break)
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Family Grief Support Group is geared toward 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, Alyssa Christensen, Grief Support Director, 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).
Young Adult Grief Support Group
February 5, 12, 19, 26 | Wednesdays | 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Bay | 2005 Y Street
The Mourning Hope Grief Center offers free grief support groups for those between the ages of 18 and 35(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.
Adult Grief Support Group
February 10 - March 30 | Mondays
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Adult Grief Support Group is a new 8-week pilot group just for bereaved adults (30s and up.) Each person grieves in their own way, and at their own pace. But by joining with others who have also experienced the death of someone significant, we can offer support and learn from one another as we move toward healing.
This group provides an opportunity to understand your grief, and find hope and healing. You will learn healthy ways to cope, and feel support from others who are experiencing the same ups and downs of this journey. Discussion will be facilitated by grief support professionals, and will be based on the book, "Understanding Your Grief" by Dr. Alan Wolfelt (provided for attendees.)
Please note: This group is offered at no charge to participants, however, a commitment to participate in all 8 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, Pam Dinneen, Clinical Operations Director, will contact you and confirm space availability; you are not officially registered until that contact has been made. The Adult Grief Support Group is not suitable for children.