Many first callers to Hope & Healing Place ask for "counseling" for their kids or themselves.
When we meet the individual or family face to face we match to their grief to one or more of our 6 different Grief Support Groups. For example:
Heartprints - Infant loss
Generations - For the whole family, children, parents, grantsparents. Death impacts the whole family, therefore the whole family attends.
Journey - Spouse, parent, adult child loss
Hope Camp - Children from age 4 to 11
Gaining understanding from a family or peer death is best addressed in a supportive group setting.
When 6 to 9 children, teens, or adults set down together there is Learning....Learning about grief, what are normal reactions to a death.
There is also Listening.....Listening to the grief stories of others and feeling compassion about a death beyond their own death experience.
In the support group setting the members, at whatever age, Share.....each share their grief story. There is magic in the room as others listen and share with each others.
Some support Groups are "Open" which means new persons can enter or attend the group as best for that person.
Other Support Groups are "Closed" which means once the group cycle begins no new persons enter the group for the normal 6 or 8 sessions of that cycle.
Relationships that support healthy grieving develop across culture, zip code, type family, or cause of death.
At Hope & Healing Place we have members who stay in contact with each from groups that formally ended 5 yrs ago.
Support Groups are where children, teens, and parents can all be in different age groups, learn together, and grow together to a sense of helilng from a family or peer death.
Go to: www.hhpamarillo.org and click on Support Groups to learn more or register for the support group best for you!!
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