School-Based Grief Support Groups
The KCGCF offers (at no charge) student grief support groups and family/caregiver education and support for youth and families in the following schools in Fayette County: Meadowthorpe Elementary School; Sandersville Elementary School; Tates Creek Elementary; Mary Todd Elementary; Coventry Oak Elementary; William Wells Brown Elementary; Leestown Middle School; Beaumont Middle School; Hayes Middle School; LTMS; Bryan Station Middle School; Bryan Station High School; and Dunbar High School. If you are interested in having your child join a grief support group at their school, please contact the school’s Family Resource and Youth Services Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community-Based Grief Support Groups
We offer free, community-based grief support groups for children and youth ages 4-18, organized by children’s ages. Talk time is combined with play and other types of creative healing experiences (such as art, writing, or music). Concurrent parent and caregiver groups will help caregivers understand youth bereavement and offer parenting techniques to strengthen the family as they heal and move forward. Groups will meet first and third Thursday nights from 6:15-7:30 at Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington. Call us or email email@example.com to register.
The KCGCF also offers Peer Healing, a unique, teen-led online grief support group for teens aged 13-18. The 8 week group meets by zoom in the evenings one night during the week. This evidence-based curriculum allows teens the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced loss and learn new coping and communication skills that can help them find a new way forward. Since this is an online group, any Kentucky teen is welcome to be part of this program. Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Training and Education
The KCGCF will offer expert training in youth bereavement (its hallmarks, trauma-informed strategies for supporting grieving children, how to support grieving families and encourage resilient parenting). Presentations and training can be arranged for schools, churches, social service agencies, workplaces, and community groups.
Community/Mental Health Referrals
The KCGCF will work with grieving families to provide community and mental health referrals for additional services and supports, including individual therapy and therapeutic recreational opportunities.