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Grief support and education for youth and adults
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Learn about our support and education programs

Fairview Youth Grief Services offers a free, comprehensive seven-session grief support program in the fall and winter for families with children ages 4 through 18. This research-based support program meets at Ebenezer Care Center on the Fairview Ridges campus in Burnsville, Minn.

While children attend age-appropriate support groups, the adults in their lives are invited to attend either an educational class to learn about grief in children or an adult support group organized by the relationship loss.

Each week, group members have the opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of the grieving process and are encouraged to share what they have learned with their family members at home.

Upcoming support series
Register now for our next free, four-week support series:

Summer 2014 Support Series for Kids, Teens and Parents/Caregivers
Mondays, June 2 - June 30, 2014 (no meeting 6/16)
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn.

Call to register your family by May 27, 2014: 952-892-2111.

Support for children and teens
Support groups for children and teens are organized by age. Although there are times that children and teens shed tears, group time also includes laughter and healing.

Our dedicated group of trained volunteer facilitators work with kids through a variety of age-appropriate activities that help them to express their grief in healthy and healing ways.

Group activities include:
  • clay
  • puppets
  • artwork
  • games
  • pet therapy
  • journaling
At the end of the series children and teens will have told their stories, remembered their loved ones, learned to identify feelings and to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy ways to express feelings, and talked about the changes that have occurred in their lives since the death.

The series closes with a candlelight remembrance ritual to honor their loved ones. Through this time together, kids learn that they are not alone in their grief.
Support for adults
While the kids are meeting in their age-appropriate support groups, parents or caregivers are asked to participate in one of the following groups:

Loss of Spouse/Partner Grief Support: This group allows parents the opportunity to process their own grief experience and find healing among others experiencing similar losses.

Parent Grief Education: This group helps adults better understand their grieving children, given their developmental and chronological age. We offer a framework for what grief looks and feels like in the eyes of children, and we provide helpful parenting support specifically for grieving children and teens. We also provide Loss of Child support groups as needed.

Our adult grief education classes are open to all the caring adults in a grieving child’s life—parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, daycare providers and other caregivers. You will learn how grief affects children at different ages, what to expect in the years to come, and what is normal and what is not.

What do past participants say about the program?
Learn more about other families' experiences with our support and education series.

For more information
Check this page for support group series registration information. Between sessions, you can contact us for grief support and evaluation. Call us at 952-892-2111 or send us an email.
 
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