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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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A number of Kentucky schools have experienced student deaths in recent weeks. Teens can access resources through our website, and this info sheet for grief in teenagers can be helpful. School staff and professionals can always contact us for more specific resources, trainings, and parent/caregiver educational materials.

Resources for Teens and Students With New Loss
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 9 Kentucky children experience the death of a parent, caregiver, or sibling by age 18 (national average is 1 in 12)

  • Kentucky ranks #7 in the nation for childhood bereavement rates

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

Emergency/Crisis Resources

The KCGCF is not an emergency mental health resource or crisis response service. If you or your child/teen is in need of immediate help, please contact one of these sources who can assist:

 

Call or text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Kentucky calls will be answered 24/7 at a community mental health center

Dial 911 for Emergency Services

Kentucky Crisis Management Resources (click for contact information on local programs by region that can refer for mental health treatment)

OUR LATEST NEWS

Hospice of Western Kentucky Announces Registration for 2024 Camp Erin

Camp Erin, a free weekend camp for youth ages 6-17 grieving the death of a significant person, is now taking registrations for the August 2-4 camp, which will be in Bowling Green. Click here to learn more and register.

Registration for Camp Hope Now Open

Registration is now open for two fall camp days being offered in September and October (one in Versailles and one in Red Fox). For more information, call 859-492-0812 or register here.

KCGCF Advocates in Frankfort For More Supports for Grieving Children and Teens

The KCGCF was honored to be able to present testimony to the Kentucky House Interim Joint Committee on Families and Children. KCGCF staff, FCPS staff, and a bereaved teen all presented on the impacts of death loss for children and teens and gave a call to action to build more supports statewide. Watch the testimony here. We were also glad to have WKYT cover the testimony and create their own news piece here.

New Online Grief Support Group for Young Adults Ages 18-30

The KCGCF is delighted to partner with Kate's Club in Atlanta, GA to offer young adults in Kentucky access to a free, high qualitonline grief support group. Click here to learn more and register. 

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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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