The death of a loved one often leaves families feeling overwhelmed, not only with their grief, but also with the day-to-day activities in their lives. Struggling with their own feelings of grief, it is often difficult for the surviving parent to help their child cope with death, leaving the child to face their feelings of loss and pain alone.
At Common Ground, we provide peer support groups for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, primary caregiver, sibling or friend. We know that a safe, caring environment along with being in the presence of other children who have experienced similar losses helps them to feel less alone in their grief and more understood. This, in turn, fosters the healing process.
My children’s experience at Common Ground has been life-changing. They’re so much more well-adjusted than I ever thought possible. In fact, when I look at their peer group, my sense is that they are actually emotionally and mentally healthier than many of their own peers. Common Ground has been so critical in helping them deal with life’s challenges, and we are extremely grateful.