Family Grief Support Group
The family grief series is for families with youth ages kindergarten through high school seniors, 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 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-night 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 6-night abbreviated version of the 10-night group, "Bits of Hope."
Please email Alyssa Christensen, Grief Support Director, or call 402.488.8989 with questions about family grief support groups and events.
2020 Family Grief Support Group Dates
January 14 - March 28 | Tuesdays | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
[No group on March 10, LPS Spring Break]
March 19 - May 21 | Thursdays | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mourning Hope will be relocating to our new permanent facility in 2020 and will release additional group dates in the spring.