Children, beginning at age 4, usually enter grief support services either nervous about being around others or excited about the arts and activities that will always a part of any children's group.
Teens are usually reserved, "cool" in their "I don't want to be here" physically stance.
All groups are co-lead and most times a Junior Facilitator also.
Children quickly learn about grief and share their story with new friends.
I am always amazed how children show Compassion with the story of other children.
When we close the door to a middle or high school group kids find their own space, their own way of sharing their story. Sometimes in words, often through art, ITunes, and uTube.
The parent who told us they were only here for their children find their own grief story, with other parents, as well.
After the first evening, the kids bring the parents with "Remember Mom, it's Hope & Healing tonight."
Hope & Healing Place began in 2003 to "heal the hole in the heart of a child." Still true today.
Over the years Facebook shows the Upper Elementary child now entering high school as I did this Monday morning.
Other teens are at AC, WT, or trade schools.
We are proud of each one as they grow up, always remembering the death in their family or peer, and grow into their own unique person....hopefully with a healed heart and a new story to tell.
Children's grief is magical, humbling work. We open a new Generations family program Aug. 29th....the mission of healing the heart of a child or teen continjues. Roy