Grieving Children & Teens

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About the Program

A Program for Grieving Children and Teens is a support system for children and teenagers ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, relative or friend. The program works together with children, parents, relatives and the professional care-giving community.

Currently there are three 10-week sessions per year, in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. Please contact us at (207) 777-7740 for the latest schedule. Interviews are required of all participants prior to the start of the session.

Through these weekly group meetings, the program provides a trusting environment where feelings about the loss of a loved one may be expressed and shared with others in similar circumstances. Activities such as drawing, writing, art, music and discussion will help children communicate their feelings.

Children are divided into appropriate age groups that are staffed by volunteer facilitators. Volunteers have completed a 27-hour training program designed and taught by both professional and lay people with extensive experience in bereavement issues. On-going professional supervision is provided for volunteers.

Expected outcomes for children who participate in the program include: What participants are saying: