Every child grieves the loss of a loved one differently. Children have been referred to as the "forgotten mourners" because their grief process is often eclipsed by the adults around them.
"Randy, a sophomore in high school, was 14 when his dad died of colon cancer. This is how he describes the experience of grieving the death of his dad:
It's been six months since my dad died. I haven't told my friends how I feel. I just smile and make everybody laugh so they don't know how much it hurts. I don't talk to my mom because I don't want her to feel worse. Once I did, but she got all teary. I felt like crying too. No way am I going to cry. " – excerpted from Article on Grief by the Dougy Center www.dougy.org
Josie's Place in San Francisco is modeled after the Dougy Center in Portland Oregon. They help children and youth work through feelings and questions regarding death, sickness and grief and offer training for volunteer facilitators. Twice a month, they hold free grief support groups for families coping with loss and sometimes offer school-based support.
Josie's Place is founded on the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.
• We believe that grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one.
• We believe that individuals have the inner ability to heal himself/herself.
• We believe that the grieving process is unique for each individual, both in terms of intensity and duration.
• There is no "right" way to grieve.
• We believe that understanding, compassion, caring and acceptance aid families with their grief process.
Josie's Place Community Night
Join the Josie's Place community for an evening of food, talent and art. Make connections, find friends, offer support. Get involved by taking to the stage, sharing your art and bringing your favorite dish!
Saturday, March 1, 2013
First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary Street), San Francisco
to let them know how you wish to participate in Josie's Place Community Night.