Children’s Grieving Services
Thriving Families Grief Support Group: Building Resilience
The Thriving Families Grief Support Group promotes healing by providing an opportunity for youth to express their thoughts, verbalize their feelings, and share their experience of grief.
The Thriving Families Grief Support Group serves Orange and Sullivan County residents by providing an opportunity for youth to express their thoughts, verbalize their feelings, and share their experiences of grief.
This specialized support group promotes healing by providing an opportunity for children and youth ages 6 through 13 to express their thoughts, verbalize their feelings, and share their experience of grief. The program includes art, music, books. discussions. and videos.
Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. understands the differences in the developmental stages of children and youth, especially as they pertain to grief counseling. Special curriculums have been developed for distinct children/youth age groups to address respective developmental levels and teach coping skills.
During the Children/Youth Portion, children will be provided with structured activities with weekly themes and topics. Family involvement is important in supporting children/youth in their grief. Therefore, family involvement is highly encouraged. We do ask that only people who are registered for the program, participate in the groups.
Children/Youth-Portion groups meet 3 times on select Mondays. Each session runs for 60 minutes. Classes are currently being held virtually, and we ask that an adult be available to assist the child(ren) with starting and ending each session.
To fully serve the family, the Thriving Families Grief Support Group consists of two sessions: the main children/youth session and a separate adult session, in which guardians meet to discuss their children and learn ways to help them work through their grief. During the children/youth session, children are provided with themed, structured activities on specific topics. Family involvement is important in supporting children/youth in their grief. Only people who are registered can participate in the groups.
Parents and caretakers are invited to participate in the adult session, currently conducted on select Tuesdays via Zoom. This group offers opportunities to discuss the previous day’s children/youth session and any concerns regarding the child(ren). It also provides an outlet for adults to process their own grief. Adult group discussions cover a variety of subjects, including the emotional and physical impact that grief and loss have on both children and adults.