Each year we assist over 1,500 grieving children and their families through our grief support groups and counseling services. In 2015, we are expanding our efforts and offering an offsite grief camp, Camp Kangaroo, for children suffering the loss of a loved one. In collaboration with Communities and Schools and other area school counselors, we are targeting children who cannot attend our typical weekly grief support groups due to reasons outside of their control, i.e. transportation, distance, etc.
Also in July of 2015, the Center will enhance our current programing and bring in a pet therapy component with our Sibling night grief group. We plan to start with 5 dogs for the first group, one for each age group and a therapy dog for the parent group. The “handlers” of the therapy dogs will have to go through our typical volunteer facilitator training and commit to the same timeframe as other community volunteers who assist as facilitators. It is the plan that each dog will stay with their same age group throughout the duration of the year for consistency purposes, as well as strengthening the relationship between the children and dog.
For more information on these programs, please contact our Programming Department at (210) 736-4847.