Children's Bereavement Support Groups
Please click on the links below to learn more about these programs or to pre-register.
Due to COVID-19, the following organizations are all offering their grief support programs VIRTUALLY.
Bi-monthly groups throughout the school year. Families can register in the early-Fall and mid-Winter. Led by experienced child life, expressive arts, and bereavement professionals, these groups provide children ages 4 – 18 with support, a sense of community, and an opportunity to express themselves.
Groups meet during the school year on weeknight evenings (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) and Sunday afternoons. Groups meet every other week for an hour and a half. Groups are not drop-in. Through these groups, children, teens, and their families have the opportunity to find connection and community after the death of an immediate family member.
Peer-support groups for children, teens, and young adults in Wayland and Newton. All groups require registration and are offered on an on-going basis. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend regularly and some groups have a co-occurring caregiver support group. All groups are facilitated by experienced mental health counselors and utilize the expressive arts to engage participants in activities to remember and honor their person as well as to develop emotional awareness and coping skills.
Jeff’s Place helps children, teens, and families experience a healthy grieving process in a supportive environment. It offers evening support groups, twice monthly, for children and teens ages 7-18 and their caregivers who have experienced a meaningful death loss. Jeff's Place also offers after school groups designed to meet the needs of younger grievers, ages 3-10. These groups run twice monthly and use art, books, and play to explore and express feelings. While children are meeting, caregivers also meet in their own support group.
A directory including a variety of grief support groups for people throughout MA who have been affected by the death of someone they care about from a substance-use-related cause. S.A.D.O.D. focuses on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of peer grief support for bereaved family members, friends and frontline care providers.