Services For Schools and Communities
Our school- and community-based support groups/programs offer children and teens access to quality grief support services. Our clinical/program staff is available to work with your school or community agency to develop and facilitate grief support groups for children and teens ages 6 to 18.
We have 8- to 10-week, time-limited group options as well as ongoing group options. Groups are hosted at either a school or a community agency, allowing children and teens to benefit from services that they may not otherwise have access to. The groups are co-facilitated by a staff member from The Children’s Room and one of the mental health professionals from the school/community agency.
Additionally, we are able to host parent evenings and parent/family gatherings as part of our group work with children and adolescents.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Helps to normalize the grieving process
- Provides a safe space for students to connect with others who “get it”
- Decreases sense of isolation that comes with loss
- Allows children and teens a chance to share and express feelings in a safe environment in a setting that they are familiar with
- After a death the family system can be fractured, and children/teens often have nowhere to turn to for support.
- TCR community-based groups are hosted at either a school or a community agency allowing children and teens to benefit from services that they may not otherwise have access to.
- Without support, grieving children and teens often experience a drop in grades, difficulty concentrating, isolation from peers, risky/unhealthy behaviors, truancy, fighting, or an overall decline in caring about school performance.
This group will be co-facilitated by a staff member and intern from The Children’s Room and one of the social workers from the school/community agency.
Topics in group will depend on the needs of the kids/teens in each particular group. Below are some general themes that we cover and present in groups.
- Connecting with each other
- Sharing our stories/memories
- Feelings and emotions associated with our losses
- Coping with tough days (Mother’s Day, anniversaries, holidays, etc.)
- Celebrating and honoring the people who have died–continuing on as we remember them
NO! This group is more of a peer support group and a place where children/teens can connect with each other, share memories, engage in fun activities, laugh, talk, and share food!
No matter when the person died or how well you feel like your child/teen is coping, they are welcome as a part of this group. The group is not a place only for those who have experienced a recent loss, nor is it solely a group for students who are struggling with their loss. This group is a safe place for teens to share tears and sadness but also a place to share our strengths, hopefulness, and memories as we continue to go on living fully.