Peer Support Groups
Kara offers ongoing (twice-monthly) grief support groups for children, teenagers and adults who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. Group participants share their experience and learn from the experience of others. An initial interview is scheduled to assess the client's need and determine appropriate service. A variety of groups are available, based on age and type of loss. All information is kept strictly confidential within the group.
Groups for children ages 5-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend are available with a concurrent support group for the accompanying parent(s). These groups meet twice a month and are arranged so that children with similar types of losses are together when possible. Kara provides children with an emotionally safe place to express and work through difficult feelings through specially facilitated sharing circles, activities and play. This minimizes young peoples' sense of isolation and facilitates the healing process after a traumatic loss.
For ages 13-17, Kara offers a separate Teen Program, also facilitated, where young adults can process their grief with others their age who understand. This group meets in the evenings, twice a month.
The following groups are currently offered:
- Spouse/partner loss groups
- Adult Sibling Loss group
- Grief Group for Men
- Professional Caregivers Support Group
- Parent/guardian loss groups for: teens, children.
- Child loss groups for:
- parents whose adult child died
- parents whose child under 18 died
- Survivors of another's suicide groups for: adults, parents, children and teens.
- Drop-in groups
Kara's clients are: