In Community

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Good Grief’s In Community program provides free peer support to children, teens, and families after the death of someone significant in their lives, which includes parent, sibling, guardian, mentor, or friend. Our program equips grieving families with the support and tools they need to face their grief. We help families develop healthy coping skills, provide a caring environment to process feelings and fears, and create a sense of hopefulness during a very difficult and uncertain time.

To learn more about our In Community program, sign up your family for groups, refer a family, or become a volunteer please read below!

Families

In Community is an accessible program that is provided within the community where you and your family live in our satellite locations. Our program meets in the evening once a week for 9 weeks. It begins with dinner and fellowship and is followed by 1 hour and 15 minutes of peer support programming. The children meet in their respective groups where they participate in age appropriate activities designed to facilitate discussion, learning, and exploration while encouraging developmentally appropriate play. Simultaneously, guardians have a support group designed to meet their needs through a mix of peer support and resilient parenting techniques. At the heart of Good Grief, we are a community of people who understand and support one another!

Jersey City

FALL CYCLE*: October 17- December 19, 2019
LOCATION: Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School

WINTER CYCLE*: January 9, 2020- March 12, 2020
LOCATION: TBD

SPRING CYCLE*: March 26, 2020- May 28, 2020
LOCATION:
TBD

TIME: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, pizza dinner provided
TO ENROLL: Contact jerseycity@good-grief.org or 908-522-1999 x8004

NEWARK

FALL CYCLE*: October 15, 2019- December 17, 2019
LOCATION: KIPP NJ Rise Academy

WINTER CYCLE*: January 7, 2020 - March 10, 2020
LOCATION: KIPP NJ Upper Roseville Academy

SPRING CYCLE*: March 24, 2020 - May 26, 2020
LOCATION:
KIPP NJ Rise Academy

TIME: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, pizza dinner provided
TO ENROLL: Contact newark@good-grief.org or 908-522-1999 x8004

*Note: Families may enroll in multiple cycles

Volunteers

Our peer support groups are run by trained volunteer facilitators who create a safe and caring environment for children and families. A facilitator has many characteristics, but the most noticeable attribute is empathic listening. Our Facilitator Training is an engaging experience which develops skills, reframes ideas, and explores the complexities and variables that impact grief. Sharing your time and talent with Good Grief is a rewarding experience! Get involved and join our community of passionate, kind, and inspiring volunteers. You will quickly see that HOPE lives here.

UPCOMING TRAININGS

Newark: October 5, 2019 & October 6, 2019*

*Note: Both dates of the training are mandatory and required to become a facilitator. 

PARTNERS

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Hamilton Park Montessori School
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Hamilton Park Montessori School