Healthy Grieving: Children’s Suicide Bereavement Support Group
This group is for children between the ages of 5-12 years. The group runs during a weekday evening and parents and caregivers will be invited into the latter half of the group meetings. This helps ensure they can play an active part in their child’s grieving and healing. Please contact us by email for current group dates.
Purpose of the Group
The purpose of these children’s groups is to:
Facilitate healthy grieving and integration of suicide loss by providing a safe place for children to connect and openly discuss their loss by suicide, while receiving professional trauma-informed support.
Ensure that the children feel directly supported by their caregivers and that, with guidance, their caregivers are a part of their healing process.
Background & Reason for the Group
Suicide survivors are often at an increased risk for suicide. This is a very real and unfortunate fact. Postvention efforts, such as support groups, help to reduce this risk.
The reasons for this increased risk are many, but can result from the shame, stigma, isolation, trauma, feelings of abandonment and rejection by the deceased, and/or feelings of self-blame that often occur after a loss by suicide.
If children do not receive the support they need after a suicide loss, then they can experience many of the above difficulties; thus making it difficult for them to move through the grieving process in a healthy way.