WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The Center for Grieving Children helps children grieving a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families and communities' understanding of how best to respond to their needs. In addition, our mission includes serving as a training and resource center for professionals and others who interact with grieving children and teens.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Children have their own grieving process that is unique to the individual child and depends on several factors, including: developmental age, personality, relationship to the deceased, exposure to death, communication about the circumstances, and family support. It is important to remember that children grieve too even if it looks different than the grieving process of an adult
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
We offer these services to families:
- On-Site Grief Groups: We provide peer support groups for children ages 6-18 who have experience the death of someone close to them. Divided into age appropriate groups, our groups are facilitated by master's-level trained clinicians and volunteers. While the children's group meets, we offer concurrent caregiver support groups. These groups meet every other week at one of our three locations.
- Off-Site Grief Groups: We provide 8-week grief support groups for children at various locations across the City of Philadelphia. These activity-based groups run in schools, community centers, and other partner agencies interested in hosting an off-site group.
- Resources and Referrals
We offer these services to professionals:
- Grief Resources and Training: We offer telephone consultations as well as formal trainings on trauma and grief in children. Should you need these services, please contact our Program Director, Lauren DeMarco.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.Learn How Sad Music Can Help You