How We Do It
Our success is due to our expertise in children’s bereavement, strategic planning and our ability to build close relationships with many community based bereavement organizations. Our on-going program assessment requires that all organizations that we partner with submit both interim and year-end reports. Program evaluations indicate that when children and adolescents are brought together with similar death experiences – whether the death occurred by accident, illness, suicide or murder – groups help to diminish the feelings of isolation and loneliness that they often experience.1
While the programs that we partner with are diverse in their approach – all utilize the peer support group model to facilitate children’s expression of painful and conflicted thoughts and feelings about the death of a loved one, without judgment. This is accomplished as children tell the story of what happened and/or through physical play, art projects, music and journal writing.
1 Liebman-Rapp, A. (Peer Support Groups for Grieving Children and Adolescents: What Do They Accomplish?) Unpublished raw data