Kids in Grief
Helping Kids and Teens Navigate Grief and Loss  

Kids in Grief is a support ministry for kids and teens (kindergarten through high school) who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, close relative, or friend. We recognize that each person’s grief experience is unique and that kids tend to grieve differently than adults. Kids in Grief is designed to provide a safe place for kids to find encouragement and learn skills to help them navigate the challenges and uncertainties that come with experiencing the death of a loved one.

What happens in Kids in Grief?

Kids in Grief uses games, drama, art, journaling, storytelling, and imagination to help kids and teens learn the concepts of grief and recognize and understand the changes they have experienced. They will learn skills to help them own their feelings about the death of their loved one. Each person will be encouraged to explore healthy ways to cope with those feelings and ultimately begin the journey of healing from their loss.

Kids and teenagers meet in groups with empathic leaders and others their age who are experiencing similar losses to engage in meaningful small group discussions and to experience God’s love in a supportive environment. Adults attending with them will meet in their own group with a facilitator.

To ensure a safe and secure environment for your child, all staff and volunteers undergo careful screening and training, and we use stringent, secure identification and check-in/check-out systems without exception.

When is Kids in Grief?

Kids in Grief is offered for eight weeks in the spring and in the fall. It is a closed group that requires an application and an interview to participate. Please contact Gateway Care for an application and an appointment to meet with a pastor prior to attending Kids in Grief. 

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