In-School Grief Support Group Program
Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” - Fred Rogers
Many children and teens will experience the loss of a loved one at a young age. In fact, one in 20 students will experience the death of a parent by the age of 18. The death of a close family member or friend is a profound, and often, a life altering experience. Grief is a natural and healthy reaction to such a loss. Children and teens who experience the death of a loved one, however, can sometimes feel overwhelmed, confused and alone in their grief. Unsupported grief can make a child or teen more vulnerable to at-risk behaviors and difficulties at school, as well as have a negative impact on their overall health and sense of well-being.
Through its In-School Grief Support Group Program, Willow House partners with area schools to offer peer support groups, facilitated by trained professionals, to students who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, other close family member or friend. These groups provide a safe space in a familiar place where students can express feelings related to their grief, where their loved ones are remembered and honored and where their journey of learning to cope and have hope is shared.
The in-school groups meet weekly for 8 weeks and are facilitated by a clinical staff member of Willow House in partnership with a member of the school’s counseling staff. Willow House works with the school’s schedule to determine days and times that will minimize disruptions to the students’ academics. Topics covered in the group include grief education, identifying and expressing emotions, developing coping strategies, telling their story, recognizing and commemorating special days and preserving memories of the person who has died.
If you are interested in finding out more about starting a Willow House support group at your school, please contact Willow House at 847-236-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or information about our School Outreach Program.
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“The most valuable thing I learned from Willow House group is that I am not alone and there is hope.”