FAQS

Program Questions

Do you take insurance?

All of our grief support programs are FREE, so there is no need to worry about insurance or payments.

Can I drop my children off at the programs?

Adult caregivers are required to attend programs with their children. During day camps, the adults and children work together on a variety of activities to remember the person who died. At our support groups, adults are in a group of their very own to process their feelings, connect with other adults raising grieving children, and learn some tools to support their children outside of Grief’s Journey programs.

The only program for youth that adults do not attend is Camp Hope, our overnight retreat for grieving teens. However, in order to attend this program, teens must have first attended programs with their adult caregiver(s).

Can I bring my children who aren’t old enough for groups? Even if they stay with me?

Children younger than three are not eligible to participate in our programs, nor do we provide any childcare during sessions. Due to the nature of our programs, it can be distracting to both you and the other group members to have an infant or young child present during the group sessions, and it often deters members from the focus of the program. We do encourage families with young children to return to our programs when the children become three or older, so that they can also benefit from our programs.

Can I schedule an individual therapy session?

At Grief’s Journey, we do not offer any therapy services or individual sessions. If you are interested in therapy, see our list of therapists/counselors who are trained in grief and have worked well for our families in the past.

What services do you offer adults?

In addition to our family programs, we offer an adult-only support group, Adults Helping Adults (AHA).

Do you provide services for those who do not speak English?

As long as we know in advance that someone will be attending a program who does not speak English, we will make every effort to arrange for an interpreter to be with him or her in the support groups or at our day camps. We are always looking for multi-lingual facilitators, so let us know if you or someone you know would be interested in sharing this important skill!

My child has not experienced a death, but is grieving another loss. Can we come to your programs?

Grief’s Journey programs are currently offered for those who have experienced a death loss or for those who are grieving a serious illness or injury — either their own or the diagnosis of someone important to them. If your child is grieving another loss, please contact us and we will try to direct you to appropriate services depending on the nature of the loss.

 

Grief is like a snowflake…everyone experiences grief differently.  The people at Grief’s Journey understand that!  As a counselor in the field, I have seen their work in action! Grief’s Journey has found a unique way to support grieving children, teens and adults.  They have made a positive difference in the lives of so many people.  I am honored to be associated with such a meaningful organization! ‘Together, we are STRONG!’
– Julia Cook, National Award Winning Children’s Author/Parenting Expert

General Questions

How do people find out about Grief’s Journey?

There are a number of wonderful organizations throughout the area that refer grieving families to Grief’s Journey, including: schools, hospitals, hospices, funeral homes and counseling offices. However, a number of families also find out about us through word of mouth from volunteers or other families that have been involved in our programs.

What are the qualifications of the people running the groups?

Our volunteer group facilitators come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – a desire to help grieving children, teens and adults. All Grief’s Journey group facilitators must complete our 20-hour “Child Grief Facilitator Training” and a CPS/APS background check.

If your programs are free, how are you funded?

Our primary sources of funding are individual & family donations, local foundation grants, and corporate gifts. We’d love to let you know how to support our work, so visit the “Support Us” section of our website or contact us.