The hole that the death of a loved one creates in our lives is difficult to mend. For children, that hole can often go unnoticed as they appear to go on with daily activities, all the while struggling internally to comprehend their feelings. The newly-formed non-nonprofit Good Grief of Northwest Ohio aims to help support grieving children — according to the organization, one in 20 children will lose a parent by the time they graduate from high school. Group meetings help children and teens work through their experience and find hope for relief.
After being divided into groups by age, children share their feelings about their lost loved ones and participate in play therapy, journaling or art projects that help them process their emotions. “We’re really giving them a way that they can share, because if you hold your grief in and don’t work through it, it can lead to unresolved grief for a lifetime,” says board member Molly Long. An orientation for new participants will be held on Monday, April 15; family support sessions begin on Monday, April 22, and continue on Monday evenings through early June. 6:15pm-7:45pm, including dinner. Good Grief, a non-denominational organization, meets at CedarCreek Church South Toledo, 2150 S. Byrne Rd. For more information, visit goodgriefnwo.org.