Annie’s Hope - The Bereavement Center for Kids hosts Family Support Groups that welcome children, teens, and adults who are grieving the death of someone significant. Groups meet one night a week for eight weeks and are facilitated by trained volunteers. Annie’s Hope will provide all necessary training. The groups meet from 6:30 - 8:00pm with typical volunteer time being from 6:00 - 9:00pm. All newer volunteers will be paired with an experienced volunteer to support them in their facilitation role.
At each session, the children and teens are divided into several groups by their age while the adults meet in their own group. Each session is tailored to the group’s developmental level and the struggles the members are encountering. No two group sessions are identical and there will be at least one Family Night during the eight weeks. Topics that may be discussed could include coping skills, feelings, memories, change, communication skills, grief rituals, or other topics that fit the needs of the families.
Dates of all 2018 upcoming Family Support Group sessions are listed below. It takes 18 volunteers to run each full session. Volunteer commitment would be to one (or more) groups of dates, not ALL dates below.
Tuesdays, January 16 th,23 rd, 30 th
February 6 th, 13 th, 20 th, 27 th
March 6 th, 13 th
Tuesdays, March 27 th
April 3 rd, 10 th, 17 th, 24 th
May 1 st, 8 th, 15 th, 22 nd
Thursdays, July 12 th,19 th, 26 th
August 2 nd, 9 th, 16 th, 23 rd, 30 th
September 6 th
Wednesdays, August 29 th
September 5 th, 12 th, 19 th, 26 th
October 3 rd, 10 th, 17 th, 24 th
Tuesdays, October 9 th,16 th, 23 rd, 30 th
November 6 th, 13 th, 20 th, 27 th
December 4 th