Starting a Support Group
Peer support groups can be very helpful to children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Check the Support Group Locator to see if there is a support group in your area. If not, you may consider starting a support group.
Here are some basic guidelines for beginning a support group:
The leaders of the group should not be grieving a recent loss
The leaders of the group need training in grief and loss (CGEA's online course is a good start. The Dougy Center offers training and certification in starting and facilitating grief support programs. Check with CGEA to see if we are offering training.)
Decide on the age range of the group
Try to offer a separate Parent's Group along with the Children's Group
CGEA strongly recommends that you find a professional grief counselor to facilitate the groups
Your local school counselor, social worker or religious organization might be interested in running a support group
Churches will sometimes provide space for a support group
COMPASS SUPPORT GROUP CURRICULUM
CGEA'S Compass Support Group Curriculum is designed for time-limited, 45-minute support groups. The curriculum has been used successfully in schools and community organizations to assist grieving children. Three curricula are available: Preschool, Elementary, and Middle/High School Curricula.
The Elementary and Middle/High School Curricula have eight consecutive sessions each with plans for additional support groups. Step-by-step plans give the facilitator clear instructions for running the group.
Cost: $60.00 per curricula, in notebook form
$35.00 for emailed pdf version
Contact CGEA for additional information and to purchase.