School & Community Based Services

The Children’s Room partners with schools to provide accessible, on-site grief support groups/programs to children and teens in their familiar environments.  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.

Group Options

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 clinician 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 a family can feel overwhelmed, alone and lost. Children/teens often feel they have nowhere to turn.
  • Hosted at a school or a community agency provides greater access to services for children and teens.
  • Without support, grieving children and teens often experience a drop in grades, difficulty concentrating, isolation, 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 school counselors or community agency social workers.

Topics 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 a peer support group and a place where children or 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 or 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 children or 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.

 

How can we help?

The Children’s Room is here when you are ready to learn more about our free-to-all grief support services for children and their families.