Is your child suffering from grief?
It is extremely difficult to watch your child experience the emotional pain of losing a loved-one. Parents worry for the mental development and well-being of their child after experiencing a loss. FVHH will support your child while teaching positive coping mechanisms that encourage hope and healing.
A licensed clinician supervises all programs and will assist the youth to determine their needs.
For more information on Support Groups and Individual Youth Grief Support, contact us.
Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides support for youth ages 5-18. Sessions are conducted by a clinician specializing in children’s grief. Topics addressed may include anticipatory grief, death loss, or other losses due to life circumstances.
Individual needs are assessed through collaboration between Fox Valley Hands of Hope clinical staff, parents/guardians, school staff, and the child. Recommendations are made by the clinical team to best support the child in need.
The Project Hope school collaborated grief support program, now partnered with 46 schools throughout the Fox Valley community, supporting students ages 5 through 18. Fox Valley Hands of Hope works with your school’s staff to identify students’ loss-related needs and how to implement individual and/or group support. Sessions are held within the school day, on a weekly basis. Due to COVID-19, this program is now offered virtually.
Grief-related needs may extend beyond death loss to other areas of grief – such as anticipatory grief, or loss of a family member due to the changing of family circumstances.
Benefits of school-based grief support:
– Accessibility to support within a familiar environment
– Students are made aware of others at their school who have loss-related needs
– The grief process is “normalized” through interactions with other students
– It provides an outlet for emotional needs which then helps the student throughout their academic day
– Collaboration between Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s bereavement team and school staff encourages a positive link between emotional and academic performance
Interested in establishing a Project Hope program within your school? Parents, guardians, and school counselors can click here to learn more about the program. Please contact Jacquelyn Jennings at, JJennings@fvhh.net if you have any questions.
This weekly group for teens, aged 13-17, will discuss different aspects of grief and provide art prompts that help teens navigate through grief. Participants do not need to have any prior art experience to attend this group. Art journaling materials will be supplied.
Please contact us to learn more about this program.