Imagine having to support a child through the loss of a parent, sibling, or other loved one on your own with no professional experience. Good Grief estimates that there are 15,000 children in Northwest Ohio (NWO) experiencing the void of loss with little to no help on coping with these tragic situations. Medical insurance companies often do not cover such services, so families are left to pick up the pieces on their own; that is where Good Grief comes in.
Good Grief is a free group support service for children and their families in NWO. They offer age appropriate group therapy sessions where children and teens are encouraged to express their feelings by using art, journaling, sand trays, puppetry, music, and free play. Participants also learn coping techniques, such as using worry stones when they feel sad, to help them deal with the difficulty of losing a loved one. Caregivers and parents also learn how to help their children deal with tragedy, and help them through the grief process.
Volunteers, grants, and private donations are the main pillars that make Good Grief possible, and it is the only free children’s group support service in NWO. Their largest fundraiser is a Community Breakfast, which will be held on December 1.
If you would like to donate, volunteer, or get more information on services from Good Grief, please visit www.goodgriefnwo.org or call 419-360-4939.