WHERE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE EMPOWERED TO MEANINGFULLY
ENGAGE WITH THEIR GRIEF
MISSION STATEMENT

The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families supports children, youth, and families as they grieve and grow.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Grief is a natural response to loss. We provide safe and caring spaces where children and families can connect and discover their own path towards healing.

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KENTUCKY'S NEED

Kentucky’s children need dramatically increased availability and access to child and family-specific grief support services. The numbers are telling:

  • 1 in 10 Kentucky children experience the death of a parent, caregiver, or sibling by age 18 (national average is 1 in 14)

  • Kentucky ranks #5 in the nation for childhood bereavement rates

  • 25% of Kentucky's bereaved children have lost a parent or caregiver to overdose/addiction death

Grief and the Holidays

The holidays can feel difficult after a loss--even if it has been several years since the loss. This is a common challenge for many people and families. Here are some ideas for how you can care for yourself and your children and teens when the season feels different from how you hoped it would be.

NACG Holiday Toolkit for Families

Holiday Suggestions for Grieving Children and Families

OUR LATEST NEWS

Lexington and Louisville Media Highlight the Issue of Childhood Bereavement for Kentucky

Read more in these articles:

 https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article268844477.html

and

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2022/11/17/november-is-childrens-grief-awareness-month-heres-how-you-can-help/69615969007/

Free Grief Support Groups for Children and Teens Have Started!

The KCGCF offers grief support groups for children ages 4-18 (and their caregivers) who have had a death loss. Groups will meet 1st and 3rd Thursday nights from 6:15-7:30 at Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington (3150 Tates Creek Road). Family Fun nights will also be offered for families registered for groups. Join us to begin your family's healing journey in a safe and supportive environment. Contact us to sign up for the groups.

Online Teen Grief Group

Peer Healing is a teen-led grief support group for teens 13-18 that meets for one hour once a week for 8 weeks. KCGCF is now taking registrations for a new group starting in January/February. Games, conversation, and connection will help teens who have experienced a death loss find a healing space and skills that will help them as they navigate their new normal. Learn more about our Peer Healing groups here.

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Tel. 859-813-2759

Email: kychildrengrieve@gmail.com

The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families 

2333 Alexandria Drive

Lexington, KY 40504

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