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Bittersweet Place is looking for additional leaders for our grief support groups for children, teens and their families.  If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact our director Rosalee Welling 660-624-3030

Have you or someone you know in the Johnson County, Missouri area been thinking about joining a grief support group for children, teens and their families? NOW is the time to call or text our director Rosalee Welling at 660-624-3030 to learn more about our next 8-week starting SOON.

Our one-hour support sessions meet each week for 8 weeks, with an initial orientation session.  Our goals are to let the children and teens know that they are not alone and to help them discuss various feelings and questions they might have about their loss through activities such as stories, art projects, music, games, etc.  The themes of are weekly lessons are based on a curriculum developed by Alan Wolfelt, nationally recognized grief counselor, author and educator.

  • Orientation
  • Lesson 1:  Telling My Story
  • Lesson 2:  Understanding Death
  • Lesson 3:  Identifying Changes
  • Lesson 4:  Remembering
  • Lesson 5:  Identifying Feelings
  • Lesson 6:  Recognizing Unfinished Business
  • Lesson 7:  Coping with Feelings
  • Lesson 8:  Caring for Yourself

Each Thursday session begins at 6:00 p.m. and meets at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 607 N Maguire St. in Warrensburg.

If you know a child or teen who would be benefit from this support, please feel free to browse our website to learn more or to contact our director Rosalee Welling at 660-624-3030. Dates for our Fall 2017 sessions will be announced soon!

Back to School with Grief

“As your family moves from the rhythm of summer to school, children and teens may be worried, irritable, or overwhelmed.  Transitions can be difficult for anyone, but especially so for those who are grieving. As your family moves from the rhythm of summer to school, children and teens may be worried, irritable, or overwhelmed.”

Need some tips for grieving kids and teens going back to school?  <Read More from the Dougy Center!>

Sibling Loss: A Different Path

Siblingsin an essay, the author Chelsea explains that nothing prepared her for a knock on her dorm room door that led to the discovery that her brother was dead.  He had died earlier that day in a climbing accident.  “After I lost him, I was in shock for months. I tried to hide my grief from others and save the crying for the drive home from work and in the shower. I’m not sure why I chose to “hide” it. Perhaps because people thought I should be “over it’ since afterall, I only lost a sibling. I’ve read that sibling loss is considered a disenfranchised loss; It’s not recognized by society as a major loss. The grief is compared to the loss of a celebrity or a pet. I had people say the weirdest things …”  <Read More!>