A child old enough to love is old enough to grieve. – Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Welcome to Healing Circles, our child and teen grief services at TRU Community Care. We provide grief education, consultation, and peer support throughout the year as well as individual short-term counseling for children and teens who have lost a loved one through a TRU Community Care program. Grief is unique and may vary in duration.
Kids have different needs from adults and process loss through play, activity, and sometimes acting out. They might get a tummy ache or a headache rather than express their grief. Sometimes they might grieve in short bursts or regress a little in behaviors. Teens may appear to be fine and yet need extra support as they are creating their identities without turning to negative coping strategies while grieving. We empower and encourage kids in a safe and nurturing environment.
All of our services and programs are free of charge, open to the community and require preregistration. Our therapeutic playroom, highly trained volunteers, and close collaborations with community allow us to provide services for all different ages and grief styles.
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Healing Circles Nature Adventure Day
Our nature adventure day is a day of connecting with peers, talking about your special person you are remembering, hiking, art, playing games, lunch and most importantly having fun. Grief affects everyone differently. You are not alone.
Parents and/or Guardians are responsible for transportation drop off and pick up. Registration and intake interviews are required and final deadline to apply will be August 1st. This is a free event and lunch is provided.
Day of the Dead
Kids and teens remember their special person who died by creating a mask or personal altar box. The art will be part of a bigger altar that will be displayed at the Longmont Museum for the Day of the Dead. Since grief is all the ways we act, feel, think when we miss our special person, this is a way to have support and be part of a community event. Teen and kids connect with peers, make art, share stories and have fun.
Healing Circles Teens Group
Teens (ages 13-18) come hang out and be with others who are dealing with the death of a special person. No pressure to talk! This group is your group and we remember our people, figure our what’s normal for you, what supports exist at school or at home when you are having a tough time with grief. We do expressive arts, physical activity and talk. This group is offered in the spring and fall. View the teen grief group flier.
Healing Circles Kids Group
Kids (ages 6-12) meet with other kids for play, art, games, and fun. They also learn about grief, remember their special people, and tell their stories. Parents/guardians/adults meet at the same time to share experiences of loss and discuss a variety of topics. The last group is family night with grief ritual. We encourage you to wait a minimum of three months after the loss. Often it takes a little time to be ready to share stories. This group is offered in the spring and fall.
Boulder Parents, Kids, & Teens Hiking Grief Group
Being in nature is a way to connect to with yourself and peers. We will have different trails for age groups and each one will have their own group activities. Parents are encouraged to spend time in their own session to explore parenting concerns. Preregistration required. This group is offered only in the summer.
Healing with Horses
Kids and teens (ages 6-17) participate in equine-assisted activities with grief support. Working with large animals in a safe and nurturing environment helps kids/teens gain trust in each other and themselves, as well as regain a sense of control. These areas can be deeply impacted in a child’s/teen’s life after a loss. The last group is family night where families can interact with the horses. We ask that you wait approximately 3-4 months after the loss and then preregister. This group is offered in the spring, summer, and fall. View the Healing Horses flier.
Healing Circles Glass Memories Teen Group
This past holiday season we are offered our teen Grief and Glass workshop. These workshops were for ages 13-18 who have had a death loss and want to remember their special person by creating some glass art.The group learned glass blowing safety skills, how to marver, blow, shape and manipulate the glass with some color application. They also learned how to make a bowl, an ornament and a paper weight.
The maximum number for this group is eight and there is a registration interview required with both teen and parent/guardian prior to acceptance.