What We Do

Family Grief Support Group

Family Grief Support Group

Who can attend the Family Grief Support Group?

  • Children and teens ages kindergarten through high school seniors who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives.
  • A separate group for adult caregivers is held at the same time.

How long is the Family Grief Support Group?

  • 10 consecutive weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST

Is the Family Grief Support Group an "open" group or a "closed" group?

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

What do the kids do during the Family Grief Support Group?

  • The group curriculum, based upon the work of nationally known death educator-counselor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, includes discussion themes and activities to help youth express themselves through art, games and dramatic play.

What do the adult caregivers do during the Family Grief Support Group?

  • Caregivers learn how to support their grieving children, as well as receive grief support themselves.

How is the Family Grief Support Group structured?

  • Families arrive together and spend time with other participating families at the start of each week.
  • Children and teens then go upstairs to their age-appropriate rooms for group activities, discussion and free time.
  • Adult caregivers go downstairs to their group rooms for education and discussion.
  • At the end of the night, all families come back together in the gathering space to close group for the week.

How many people are in each Family Grief Support Group?

  • Participants divide by age, so the size of each age group can range from four to 12 youth.

Who runs the Family Grief Support Group?

  • A minimum of two trained volunteers facilitate each age group.
  • There is always at least one staff member present each session.

When is the right time to attend the Family Grief Support Group?

  • There is no timeline for grief, and the choice is different for each family.
  • Some families choose to attend within the first few months after a death.
  • Others wait a year or more before attending.
  • As children grow and develop, they often re-grieve losses as their developmental abilities progress. Many families attend the Family Grief Support Group more than once.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?