November 7, 2012
Fernside serves grieving children and their families in Greater Cincinnati (which includes Northern Kentucky and SE Indiana). They charge nothing for any of their services, which include peer-support groups in the evenings (to accommodate families) and in schools; phone consultations for parents, family members, and other people in the community who want to help grieving kids; educational programs; camps; and more. This is a most unique organization in our region, because grief (especially children's grief) is such a challenging issue to address. For one thing, many if not most adults expect children to bounce back after someone dies; but the truth is unresolved grief can have lasting impact on a child and cause low self-esteem, difficulties in school and with relationships, and down the road, poor and risk-taking choices. As a counselor, myself, I am impressed with the professionalism, warmth, and genuineness of the Fernside staff, who are experts in children's grief.
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