About Good Grief of Northwest Ohio: Good Grief of Northwest Ohio provides a safe, healing place to gather, grieve, receive and share support. It is Good Grief’s mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families and to provide a safe and caring place for children to explore, express, and come to an understanding of thoughts, fears, questions, and emotions associated with grief and loss. It is our goal to help them find their way to a new reality of life ─ a livable life ─ after the death of someone they love. Grief support sessions ─ peer support groups divided by age ─ are led by trained volunteer Support Group Facilitators who encourage children ages 4-18 and their caregivers; and young adults ages 19-24 to express their thoughts and feelings through music, play, art, journal writing, and other activities. Good Grief’s programming is open-ended, which means families decide for themselves when they will start attending and when they are ready to close (stop attending groups).
Good Grief peer support groups are not professional therapy or counseling sessions. Our trained facilitators do not give advice or try to “fix” the problem. Grief support is provided by peers – people who are living through a similar circumstance. Peers listen and help support one another. Research shows this is a very effective approach to helping people of all ages, but particularly children, teens, and young adults, coping with grief. Parents/caregivers may attend their own grief support group meetings while the kids’ groups are in session, giving them an opportunity to share and learn ways to help their children, as well as process their own grief. Our program season loosely follows the public-school calendar with programming every other week August through June. We take a in the summer months so that families and volunteers can enjoy free time. We know grief doesn’t take the summer off, so if kids and families would like additional support, we’re only a phone call away. The office is open year-round.
There is never a charge for our services, and families decide how long they attend sessions. Supported 100% though Charitable Gifts. Sustained by Volunteers. Fore more information about Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, visit www.goodgriefnwo.org.