No one can know the depth of grief until they walk that path. Having experienced the death of my son, I know firsthand the anguish of such loss. My heart breaks for the parents and for the children who have experienced such intense pain. Anyone who has experienced grief knows that death at any time is traumatic. But losing a child, regardless of age, hurts beyond what you can imagine. As I think about all the horrific deaths that have occurred over the past couple of years such as school shootings, suicide or other sudden deaths, my heart breaks for those left behind. I think about all the parents whose dreams have been crushed knowing they will never be able to see their child grow up or see their child marry and have children. How do they move forward? How do they help the other children, brothers, and sisters who are left behind? The only way to find joy again is by walking through the process of grief and by having loving people who care and understand what they are experiencing.
Kids' Griefcare is a children's grief support group program designed for elementary age children. These precious children are grieving the death of a loved one and are in desperate need of hope, support, and love. Kids' Griefcare is an eight-week program combining art, videos, workbook and open group discussion participation. In time, with the support group, I hope that the healing will begin and the children will find joy and happiness once again.