WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The Common Ground Grief Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can come together and share their experiences as they begin the journey through the grief process. Though our center is located in New Jersey, we have helpful resources on our site that anyone who is currently grieving can access.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Childhood and teen grief is widely misunderstood and under-recognized. Due to the lack of on-going support services for grieving children and teens, Lynn Snyder, a licensed professional counselor, who specializes in the field of childhood bereavement, saw a need in the community for services focused directly on the needs of grieving children and teens. During this time, there were also a series of teen and young adult suicide deaths in the area.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
We have served hundreds of children and teens over the years and continue to grow at a rapid pace. We are rooted in the belief that being with others who are experiencing a similar loss and being able to share stories, feelings and memories with others who “get it,” fosters the healing process. At our facility in Manasquan, New Jersey, you'll find the following resources:
- Our "Home"- features rooms specifically designed to be utilized by the participants of our program. Each room offers a different modality for children and teens to express their feelings in age appropriate ways. These include our talking circle, music, art, sand-play, puppetry, gross motor activity and full scale “play” hospital room.
- Memory Garden- offers families a way to honor and stay connected to their loved one. Families may purchase a personalized “memory stone” to be placed in our garden or they may keep their stone to be placed in a location of their choosing
- Open-ended Peer Support Groups (for children ages 6-18)- As we believe in supporting the family as a whole, a concurrent adult support group meets at the same time for the caregiver of the child or teen who is participating in our program. Groups meet every other week in the evening. Our services are provided free of cost to participating families. Children and teens are assigned to groups according to age.
- Training- provide local agencies, organizations and schools in need of our expertise as well as educational materials about children and grief.
- Resources- provides educational and emotional support to anyone who is grieving or wants to help the grieving, regardless of current location.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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