St. Louis Bereavement Center For Young People dba Annie's Hope The Bereavement Center for Kids Overview
Programs: Family Support Groups whereby kids, ages 3-18, and the adults who care for them, attend once a week for 8 weeks of meetings. Food and drink is offered before groups begin each evening. Approximately 15-17 families with 38-44 kids and 20-30 adults attending. School Support & Education offers 8 week support groups for grieving students at their school, during their school day, with the co-facilitation of a school personnel. There is no cost to the families. Approximately 20 schools are serviced in one school year with 6-8 students in each school group. Educational grief workshops are offered to school personnel and community professionals/volunteers throughout the year. Teen Retreats offer support groups to teens, ages 13-18, during an overnight weekend retreat. Approximately 8-10 teens attend each retreat. Camp Courage is a week long, overnight camp experience for approximately 115 grieving kids, ages 6-18. Support circles are held twice during the week for each age group. Horizons is a family-centered, home based support program to assist kids, ages 3-18, and their families who are anticipating the death of someone significant. Social events are offered as additonal opportunities for kids and families to connect with each other. They may include bowling, Muny productions, picnic, ice skating, rock climbing, etc. Hope & Healing Gathering is a holiday event that recognizes the upsurges of grief and sadness throughout the holiday season. It involves a candle lighting ceremony, tributes to the deceased, a family activity and refreshments. Community Resource Library is a lending library of grief and loss materials that include picture books, academic books, guided journals, video tapes, audiotapes, etc. Grief Referral Service is a service that offers referrals for those who do not fit into our mission. Since we do not provide therapy or counseling, we refer to those who can provide one on one counseling or to adult groups in the community. Speakers Institute is a service that offers education to the public at large on the topic of grieving kids and families.
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