Anticipating our Spring 2017 Sessions
Although we wish everyone a “Happy New Year,” we realize that for many children, teens and their families, the new year begins with the loss of someone who was important in their lives and the subsequent grief. We are here to help!
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.
- 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 Spring 2017 sessions will be announced soon!
Sibling Loss: A Different Path
in 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!>
On her blog post, author Lisa acknowledges her feelings of guilt about her father’s death and shares how you might be able to cope with them. “When my dad died, I remember well the intense guilt I had in the months that followed. Though his death didn’t fit into one of the categories known for guilt, that didn’t stop me from feeling guilty. I felt guilt that I wasn’t a match for a bone marrow transplant, though rationally I knew I had no control over that. I had guilt that I hadn’t called him more during my first year of college, guilt that in the hospital we had told him it was okay to let go and that we would be okay without him.” <Read More!>