Josie’s Place offers 90-minute support groups twice a month in the evening for bereaved families. Trained facilitators create a safe environment to support the grieving process.
Parent/caregivers' and children's groups meet concurrently.
There are two children's groups:
* Ages 4-7
* Ages 8-14
The facilitator to child ratio is 1:2.
In "talking circles" participants tell their stories of loss, recall memories, and express feelings associated with grief. Topics related to loss and activities such as art projects, letter writing, and dramatic play allow participants to explore, express and share their grief in peer group settings. Free time includes games and play of the child's choice, and allows them to take time out from their grief or to let oﬀ some steam.
Parents/caregivers of the bereaved children meet concurrently. Group members receive information on how children grieve and how to support them. The Adult Group format also provides an opportunity for parents to express their own grief through discussion and mutual support.
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