Kyle's Korner is based on the successful Dougy Center model, which is used in over 100 children's bereavement centers across the country. This model's success is due to the combining of efforts from volunteers and professionals.
Activities structured around music, books and art help children and teens express and process feelings related to death they have experienced. Sessions with trained group facilitators give children, teens and adults the opportunity to express feelings and share concerns they may be unable to discuss anywhere else.
Children and teens come to twice monthly sessions for 90 minute support groups. During the children and teen's sessions, the parents or guardians meet in separate groups to discuss the impact of the loved one's death upon the family and learn how to help their children cope with their grief at home. Through this process, family bonds strengthen and mutual understanding deepens.
Grief resolution involves achievement of the following tasks for both children and adults:
Accepting the reality of the loss.
Experiencing the pain of grief.
Adjusting to an environment in which the deceased is missing.
Withdrawing emotional energy and investing in new life goals.
School/Home Implications: It is important for home and school environments to be aware and understanding of the normal behaviors associated with grief. Grieving children frequently feel:
- and suffer from: sudden and severe loss of self-esteem; unreasonable levels of over-achievement or dismal non-performance; sudden physical and emotional outbursts; frequent bouts of withdrawal and depression; denial of reality
Kyle's Korner offers:
Consultation with school administrators who are attempting to deal with a class or school tragedy
Information and referral services for those who need formal counseling or therapy
Educational workshops for community groups, parents, concerned organizations