An estimated 3.5% of children under age 18 (approximately 2.5 million) in the United States have experienced the death of their parent.
Studies have shown that bereaved children are susceptible to long-term negative outcomes such as depression and pathological behavior. This population lacks the adult skills to understand, cope and express grief and loss. As a result their grieving process is very different from that of adults, and reflects their current developmental stage. If their grief process is not appropriately understood and supported, this can leave them with unresolved grief throughout their lifetime. Studies have shown children who have unresolved grief will experience increased psychiatric problems in the first two years after the death.
Our focus is on early intervention in the bereavement process, prevention of those risks and support growth. The core of the community outreach is to collaborate with schools, churches and community resources to have group exercises for children and training sessions for staff and parents.
It is our hope that by offering our services to area schools, churches and community resources, we could help professionals gain knowledge about grief issues and children’s behaviors after grief. This will allow a child to have more support and to stay on track academically. We would adapt our current support group program to a child friendly setting outside our agency, hold training sessions for staff and administration on how to best meet the needs of a grieving children, and provide education sessions for parents on how to help their child.
For further information regarding this fee for service, please contact Paula Harris at (414)777-1585.
- Professional Development
- Provide educators within schools, churches and and other environments with information and expertise in dealing with grief and loss.
- Instruct them how to introduce age appropriate discussion on loss and grief.
- Equip them with concepts and techniques for effective interventions.
- Facilitate a sense of comfort in discussing loss and grief with various age levels.
These objectives can be met through a one day, two day, or three day training. The agency can be readily available to consult education staff during a crisis and help develop a plan of intervention.
- Consultation for Grieving Children and Teens
- To understand the developmental differences pertaining to children in grief.
- Introduce classroom curriculum in facilitating discussions on loss and grief.
- Provide resources of various forms to help with facilitation.
Consultation is available for the classroom, parents, and an educational series.
- Parent Education
- To provide parents with tools, concepts, and coping skills in dealing with grieving children
- Provide resources for parents in coping with the death
- To understand the developmental differences of children who are grieving