The Den for Grieving Kids launches support group for grieving teens

Coping with the loss of a parent, friend or family member can be difficult for anyone. But with the added stress of balancing school, social and extra-curricular responsibilities, grief can be especially debilitating for teens.

To help area teenagers manage the stress and sadness associated with death, The Den for Grieving Kids has created a support group for kids between the ages of 13-18. Based on The Den’s successful model, the group is peer-supported and facilitated by a trained volunteer. It also provides teens with a safe, confidential forum in which they can express their feelings with others experiencing similar circumstances.

The Den’s new group for teens will be held alternate Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Family Centers offices at 20 Bridge Street in Greenwich. There is no cost to participate, however a confidential consultation is required prior to joining. For more information, contact Linda Weatherseed at [email protected] or 203-655-4693.

A program of Family Centers, The Den for Grieving Kids provides a safe, caring place for children, teens and families to explore their feelings about the loss and begin the journey toward healing. Biweekly evening support groups meet at Family Centers’ Greenwich offices, and student support groups are offered in several schools across Fairfield County.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 3,000 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.

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