Events

Registration for Grief Support Groups for Children and Teens Now Open for Fall 2022!

We offer free, community-based grief support groups for children and youth ages 4-18, organized by children’s ages. Talk time will be 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 every other Thursday night from 6:15-7:30 at Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington. Call us or email kychildrengrieve@gmail.com to register. 

Register for New Virtual Teen-Led Grief Support

Registration for Peer Healing groups is now open! Peer Healing is a teen-led grief support group for teens 13-18 that will meet one weeknight a week for one hour for 7 weeks, starting in September. 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.

Camp Hope Registration Open​

Bluegrass Care Navigators Camp Hope is a free, one-day camp for children ages 6-17 (and their caregivers) who have experienced the death loss of someone significant in the past two years. It will be held in Beattyville, KY on Sept. 24. Learn more and register here.

Parenting Grieving Children Zooms

Stay tuned for the fall 2022 meetings of bimonthly live, Zoom-based information sessions for parents and caregivers of grieving children. Learn about common grief reactions, healthy coping strategies, and ways to strengthen child and caregiver bonds in the face of loss. Zooms will be alternating Monday nights from 7:00-7:45 EST. Contact us using our contact form on the home page to register or to get more information.

News

  KCGCF Chosen for the Childhood Bereavement Changemakers Program

The KCGCF is honored to have been one of 30 centers nationally chosen for the Changemakers program. This program will allow participating organizations to build the knowledge and resources necessary to create efficient data processes to tell their story, identify service gaps, and target funding opportunities. Through a series of training workshops and custom technical assistance, Changemakers participants will grow their capacity for data collection and program evaluation through a 12-month process designed to address data and evaluation needs big and small.

            This is a huge and exciting opportunity for the KCGCF, starting in August 2022. It will connect us with valuable expertise, a cohort of top-notch children’s bereavement centers across the country, and advanced processes for tracking our program services and client outcomes.

Partnership with FCPS

The KCGCF was delighted to partner with Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) in a grant application to the Novo Foundation to support a program to create grief support groups and services for youth in court diversion. We are happy to announce that FCPS was selected for the grant funding and that grief support groups for these youth will start in the fall of 2022! We are very proud to be a partner on this grant and look forward to seeing these important services develop.