Josie’s Place offers 90-minute support groups twice a month in the evening for bereaved families. Carefully screened and trained volunteer facilitators create a safe environment to support the grieving process of the group members.
Parent/caregivers' and children's groups meet concurrently.
The facilitator to child ratio is generally 1:2 volunteers to child.
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 support group format also provides an opportunity for parents to express their own grief through discussion and mutual support.
Payee: The San Francisco Study Center
(with Josie's Place in the memo line)
3288 21st Street #139
San Francisco, CA 94110