Within each hour and a half time frame, the various groups meet, discuss and engage in activities that help them process their grief. 36 Springfield Estates Rochester, NH 03867 603/330-0347 Contact: Monique Bruce [email protected] Circle, a newsletter for those who work with and care about grieving children, is published 2-3 times per year by Suzanne Bowman.Enormous change occurs within the family structure when there is a death. Subscription contributions are and can be mailed to: Suzanne Bowman, Editor 16 Old Ferry Lane Kittery, ME 03904 207/439-6481 Grieving Teens Recommended Readings Teens and Young Adults Program Teens and young adults grieve differently than young children.Grieving Children's Network Pathfinders-Hospice of Eastern Maine 885 Union St., Suite 220 EM Healthcare Mall Bangor, ME 04401 207/973-8269 Contact: Linda Boyle, Bereave. Group members are peers who are encouraged to provide support to one another.You cannot get a group experience one-on-one with a counselor. Facilitators have had training to help make sure conversation flows fairly and people in the group are treated with respect and kindness. Much activity, talking and fun happens at Pathfinders. Videos are shown occasionally so that teens can more easily identify with other kids their own age who are experiencing what they perceive to be "their world falling apart" after a death.The child's developmental age and maturity, the type of loss and previous experience with loss are all factors that influence how a child grieves.Children grieve differently than adults Children are quick to blame themselves and think their thoughts or wishes about someone made them die (magical thinking).
We require this because children grieve differently from adults and the role of the parent/caregiver is to understand how to be a support to the child while experiencing their own grief.If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning about becoming a volunteer, please contact Linda Boyle, Coordinator, 973-8269. Box 1438 Portland, ME 04104 207/775-5216 Contact: Anne Lynch, Exec. They are provided their own confidential environment to share with their peers that have experienced the loss of a loved one. Children, teens and young adults are assigned to different groups depending on age. However, it is okay to be sad, even cry, if it helps in feeling better.Skills Gained As a facilitator, you can expect to gain skill and knowledge in the following areas related to grief and loss: Better understanding and appreciation for the special concerns of grieving children and their families; Group dynamics Individual/Group communication/Teaming and co-teaming; Conflict Resolution/Anger management; Parenting in grief; Child developmental stages related to the grieving process. Pathfinders is a safe place to share all kinds of feelings. Is going to Pathfinders like therapy or counseling? Each group at Pathfinders is lead by two facilitators who assist everyone in the group.And for adults, it also helps them to attend to the needs of their grieving children through learned techniques and strategies. Finding a safe place to confidentially share your feelings and receive support from other teens experiencing loss can be an important step in your healing process.The semi-annual sessions are held in the Bangor region. Box 819 Lewiston, ME 04243-0819 207/777-7740 Contact: Jake Larivierre, Program Coor. Your town may be close enough to access the services of Pathfinders or other grieving program.. Teens may attend Pathfinders without an adult as long as a signed permission slip by the parent(s) is provided. Pathfinders is a support group where grieving children, teens and families come to talk and share feelings about the people in their lives who died.
Parents and Caregivers Program Your first concern is your children.