A local program for children who have experienced the loss of a sibling, parent, grandparent or friend is being established as Good Grief of Northwest Ohio. By offering age-appropriate support groups and programming, Good Grief will help families find positive ways to work through the emotions associated with such a significant loss.
Good Grief is following the lead of 150 similar programs across the country as studies have shown that a childhood loss can be emotionally devastating and have a profound long-term affect on children’s lives. Children with unresolved grief can suffer long-term depression, anger, relationship issues, acting-out, school failure, addictions, and even have suicidal tendencies.
Children will learn skills to help them deal with their feelings ranging from anger, guilt, sadness or fear. Through age-appropriate support programming, the experience of death and grief can be normalized bringing about a reduced sense of isolation and understanding helping them to reconcile their loss.
Good Grief will offer programing for children ages 4 – 24. An adult will accompany each child and will participate in programming as well. The program will be free and open to the public.
An community informational forum will be held on Tuesday, January 15, at the UT Driscoll Alumni Center, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The presentation will feature former local weatherman, Stan Stachek and daughter Sarah, former Miss American and director of Gabby’s Ladder in Monroe, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson and Ele’s Place founder Betsy Stover who will share details of programming as organizers are currently seeking program volunteers and families interest in participating.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.goodgriefnwo.org.
- Good Grief of Northwest Ohio