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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 is accomplished through discussion groups centered around art, music, books, and videos. The program serves children ages 6 through 17. The Thriving Families Grief Support Group consists of two portions: a Children/Youth Portion
and an Adult Portion.

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.

We invite parents and caretakers to participate in the Adult Portion held on select Tuesdays. This group offers a variety of opportunities to discuss with a grief counselor the previous day’s children/youth portion and issues concerning your child(ren), as well as to share your own experience of grief. We recognize that we are all different and our reactions to various types of loss may be unique. Adult discussion groups cover a variety of subjects, including the emotional and physical impact that grief and loss have on children and adults. We provide education and understanding, and we work together to overcome the challenges ahead.

Thriving Families Grief Support Group Schedule

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Registration:

Adults can register for Thriving Families Grief Support Group by calling the Bereavement Counselor, who will assist with registration requirements:
(845) 561-6111 ext 232

All children may participate in the Children/Youth Portion. However, sessions may be specifically designed for a given developmental level.

Requirements:

  • Family intake interview with clinician
  • Consents to be completed:
    • Telehealth consent – signed by an adult
    • Thriving Families Grief Support Group – signed by adult
  • Agreement to assist child(ren) in the program and compliance to Zoom Group parameters

Coping Through the Holidays 2022 Session:

Children/Youth Portion

  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 12

Adult Portion

  • November 15
  • November 29
  • December 13

 Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm Currently being
held virtually

Circle of Friends Series 2023:

Children/Youth Portion

  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6

Adult Portion

  • January 10
  • January 24
  • February 7

 Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm Currently being
held virtually

Together We Can Series 2023:

Children/Youth Portion

  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27

Adult Portion

  • February 28
  • March 14
  • March 28

 Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm Currently being
held virtually

Spring Series 2023:

Children/Youth Portion

  • April 17
  • May 1
  • May 15

Adult Portion

  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16

 Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm Currently being
held virtually

Summer Series 2023:

Children/Youth Portion

  • June 5
  • July 10
  • August 14

Adult Portion

  • June 6
  • July 11
  • August 15

 Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm Currently being
held virtually

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