1 in 7 children experiences the death of a parent or sibling before reaching the age of 20.
77% of American children live in families shaped by loss from death, divorce, separation, and abandonment.
We are committed to supporting children and families experiencing grief. We offer a grief peer-support program at no cost to our participants. This program provides a safe place to emotionally heal. Participants progress through the stages of grief guided by trained volunteers, facilitators and with the support of others in their small group.
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♥ Registration Information ♥
Fall 2014 Session
Who Children and teens ages 4 through 18 and significant adults in their lives. Spanish speaking families are welcome. Free childcare is provided for children of adult participants who are younger than 4 years old.
When Monday Nights at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM September 22, 2014 through December 8, 2014 Optional Holiday Debrief January 5, 2015
Where First United Methodist Church 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186
Cost Free to all participants You may register by phone or email.
Contact Julie Mitchell, Program Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maggie Black, Program Director at 262-751-0874.
National Children’s Grief Awareness Day Events
November 20 and 21, 2014
“Blue Day / Happy Day” Drawing by two child participants of Healing Hearts
Helpful Facts About Children and Grief
♥ Grief is a natural and normal response to death, divorce, abandonment, separation, military deployment, incarceration, and immigration.
♥ Every person’s grief is unique.
♥ Grief is not a disease.
♥ Grief is a lifelong process that changes with time.
♥ Children grieve differently than adults, and children at different ages grieve differently.
♥ Many adults who had lost a parent when they were young describe the death as the defining moment of their lives.
♥ Grieving children and adults need support.
♥ We grieve because we love.
♥ Grieving people don’t just “get over it” but they can learn to integrate the death into their lives.