Family Grief Support Group
The Family Grief Support Group is for families with youth ages kindergarten through high school seniors who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives.
New families are welcome to join for the first two weeks of the 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.
Mourning Hope has developed a curriculum for its 10-night family group 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 at least 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.
Please email Alyssa Christensen, Grief Support Director, or call 402.488.8989 with questions about family grief support groups and events.