It doesn't matter how old or young a person may be, no one likes to be told that they have a problem. Keep a close eye on your little ones - if you see that they are having difficulty coping with their grief, take the burden on your own shoulders and say, "I'm having a real hard time with the loss of your father. I feel like I need to go to a counseling and support group but I don't want to go alone. I feel very close to you; would you please go with me?" They then feel like they are doing you the favor - you get them in for counseling and you get to go with them.
HOW TO FIND A SUPPORT GROUP:
First of all, we recommend going to your church and checking with your bishop, your priest, or your minister. Many churches already have in place, grief support groups with people you already know and trust.
BELOW ARE LOCAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS:
NANCY HINDS HOSPICE • 2490 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, California 93711 • (559) 248-8579
Circle of Friends • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • NO CHARGE
Children 3-12 years old
Teen Group 12-18 years old
Loss of Partner or Spouse • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • One time fee of $25 per person
Loss of Parent / Sibling • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • One time fee of $25 per person
Senior Loss of Partner or Spouse • Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon • One time fee of $25 per person
OPTIMAL HOSPICE • 7444 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, California 93720 • (559) 320-4000
Grief Support • Monday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • NO CHARGE
ST. AGNES HOSPICE • 6729 N. Willow, Suite 103, Fresno, California 93710 • (559) 450-5600
Footsteps • Ages 4-18 • Call for Date & Time • (559) 450-5608 • NO CHARGE Life After Loss
• Ages 18 & over • Call for Date & Time • (559) 450-5600 • NO CHARGE
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE • 2585 E. Perrin Ave., Suite 102, Fresno, CA 93720 • (559) 322-5877
BELOW ARE GRIEF SUPPORT WEBSITES YOU CAN ACCESS IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME:Crisis, Grief and Healingwww.webhealing.com
This is the first interactive grief website on the internet, it offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.
With nearly 50 internet support groups plus a wide range of online resources, GriefNet provides support for those dealing with all types of loss.
GriefNet's companion site, kidsaid.com, helps children and their parents deal with grief and loss in an appropriate and safe environment.
Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality. The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.