Since it is estimated that approximately one out of 20 children in the United States will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18, childhood grief is a widespread issue that can have a lifelong impact on the affected child's emotional well-being. In fact, according to a 2014 study that surveyed more than 27,000 people, the unexpected death of a loved one is the most frequently reported traumatic event in one's life. With the help of caring adults most bereaved children not only survive but thrive after the death of a parent. However, for those who are in the minority, approximately one out of 10, their emotional well-being may be significantly affected and they can benefit from additional support and professional help.
“The families here have all lost someone that they love. They are so understanding and they know what it’s like. I feel that it is easier to talk to someone that I can relate to than it is to talk to somebody that has never experienced the feelings and emotional states that I have.” -Jennifer, 16
Children, especially adolescents have a tendency to put up a wall. It's almost as if the feeling of immortality that most teens lean toward, clashes with the death they've observed. Engaging these conversations can be made very difficult, but provides necessary coping skills for adulthood.
Our spring sessions will begin in January, if you or someone you know would benefit from our programs, please visit us at http://www.hopeandhealingplace.org/support-groups.html .