Our New Name Reflects Our Growing Mission.
Grief’s Journey is a place to find help, understanding, comfort and hope after suffering a loss.
Founded as Ted E. Bear Hollow, we’ve grown from our beginning in 2001. We serve adults and children ages 3-18, grieving a death or serious illness/injury. Our new name makes it clearer what we do – help anyone along their own journey back to hope.
What We Do.
Since 2001, Grief’s Journey, formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow, has been a welcoming, safe place where grieving children, teens, and adults find hope. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term success for the child, the family, and the community. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, we provide free peer support programs as well as training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Grief’s Journey relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs.
Provide Premier FREE Grief Support
Grief’s Journey offers premier grief support by utilizing only the most passionate, caring, trained volunteer support group facilitators. Each Grief’s Journey program is overseen by an experienced grief expert with a mental health background. Further, all support group facilitators are required to complete an intensive 20-hour training and are mentored by experienced group facilitators. Grieving children ages 3-18 and their adult caregivers participate in age-appropriate activities to process emotions, enhance coping skills, and build hope and support. Families are encouraged to attend a variety of our free grief support programs depending on their needs and comfort levels.
And, because we know that grief never ends, Grief’s Journey never places a time limit on a person or family’s participation in our programs.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Grief’s Journey offers a variety of training programs and workshops to further educate grief facilitators, community professionals, and other caring adults on aspects of grief support. We firmly believe in the importance of having trained and experienced adults supporting the bereaved. The 20-hour Child Grief Facilitator Training is a comprehensive training offered multiple times per year to prepare adults to work with grieving families and to facilitate grief support groups. Other continuing education workshops are also offered periodically to enhance facilitators’ skill levels on such topics as supporting families after a suicide, working with children with disabilities, and utilizing creative interventions in grief work.
Community Awareness and Consultation
One of our goals is to empower the community to be more responsive and supportive of the needs of grieving families. Experienced grief professionals educate community agencies on children’s grief and, at times, consult with organizations and schools in order to provide excellent grief support beyond the walls of Grief’s Journey as well. Collaborations for grief education and support have developed with such organizations as local elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; childcare providers; after-school programs; and social services agencies. By creating awareness among these providers, we hope that our community becomes a safe, supportive place for all grieving families.