What is GriefWorks?
GriefWorks is a free grief support group program for children ages five to eighteen that have experienced the death of someone close to them. Statistics show one out of seven children will experience the death of a loved one by age ten. We believe restoring a child’s hope after experiencing a death will allow them to have healthy future relationships. At GriefWorks, we provide a safe and loving environment where children and teens can share their stories of loss and explore their grief openly.
Who should come to GriefWorks?
We welcome children and teens ages 5-18 who are coping with the death of a loved one. Grief support groups are divided into Littles (ages 5‐8), Middles (ages 9‐12), Teens (ages 13‐18) and Adults. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will participate in the adult support group. The adult groups will discuss the special needs of their children, effective parenting skills and the needs of parents as they grieve.
What will I do at GriefWorks?
Each GriefWorks session is started with a meal served by volunteers. During the group sessions, licensed counselors and trained facilitators will lead discussions to encourage and support children who want to express feelings of grief. Children and teens will participate in activities such as group sharing, art activities, puppet and drama shows to support them through their grieving process.
Each week the grief support groups will focus on a different topic relating to grief.
- Hope for the Future
- What is Grief?
- Finding Comfort
- Helping Others, Helping Ourselves
- Remembering and Honoring
- Double Dip Feelings
- Guilt & Regrets
- Worries & Fears
- Unseen Love that Carries Us
- Grief Games
- Surviving Grief
- My Loss Story
- Handling Change
- Grief & the Holidays
- Thanksgiving (only once this month)
How does group support held children deal with grief?
Children who are grieving may feel “different” from their peers at school, church and sports. The messages they often hear—be strong or get over it—are based on society’s desire for happiness, success and health. Sadly, for many children, those messages can be tragically destructive. They may not tell anyone (even in their family) how they think or feel.
At GriefWorks, the shared experience of loss and major life changes frees children to explore, identify and express themselves and to heal from the trauma of death. Grieving children who internalize their personal experience and do not have adequate support may experience depression, school adjustment problems, substance abuse, or other coping problems.
How much does GriefWorks cost?
GriefWorks Support Groups are free for children and their parents. We are funded through generous donors and private funding in order to provide these groups. We ask each family to honor those who graciously fund this program by committing to attend the groups regularly.
When is GriefWorks offered?
GriefWorks meets Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8:15 PM. There are two groups, one that meets the first and third Tuesday of the month and one that meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. GriefWorks is an ongoing program. Families can join at any time and continue to attend the program until they are ready to graduate.
Where is GriefWorks offered?
GriefWorks grief support groups meet at the ChristianWorks Dallas office.
What is the difference between grief support groups and grief counseling?
Support groups should not be confused with counseling and therapeutic treatments. Our team supports children experiencing grief by listening as each child shares thoughts and experience, often providing benefits to their healing process. Our team will not diagnose or treat mental health issues during the course of the sessions. Our facilities provide a comforting atmosphere for children to feel welcome in expressing their deepest hurts in a group setting. If a child has attended GriefWorks and their facilitator feels he/she might need additional support, we can refer you to CounselingWorks. There we have a variety of licensed professional counselors on staff who can provide individual therapeutic services.
How can my family learn more about participating in GriefWorks?
New families are required to attend an orientation before attending a group. This meeting will help us to place you in a group that we feel will help the needs of your family. It will also provide you and your family with the information needed to participate. If you are interested in signing your family up for GriefWorks children’s grief support groups, please fill out our contact form or call us at 972-960-9981.