At TRU Community Care, we consider it a privilege to help those who are grieving regain their balance and resume healthy living. Whether you are looking for personal guidance or walking alongside someone who is, contact us to see how we can help. Extensive resources for people of all ages and stages in the grief process are available to everyone in the community and are free of charge. In addition to the wide variety of age and loss-specific grief support groups TRU offers, our experienced grief counselors are available for phone consultations or referrals, can suggest articles and other materials pertinent to your circumstances, and provide on-site support in traumatic situations. Families whose loved one received TRU’s services have the additional benefit of 13-months of one-on-one or family grief counseling. Please call us anytime for support at (303) 604-5300.
Grieving the loss of someone we love is one of the most profound experiences of life. Our whole being – body, mind, and spirit – responds to the stress of loss. Moving through the complex emotions and reactions that surface during this painful but normal human process takes time. The duration and intensity of grief depend on many factors that are subject to change and cannot be prescribed. Although no one can make grief disappear, tapping into support systems, identifying internal resources, recognizing common responses to bereavement, and intentionally tending to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs can make living with loss a bit less painful.
TRU Youth and Family Grief Support
A child old enough to love is old enough to grieve. – Dr. Alan Wolfelt
TRU Community Care offers grief support to Children and Teens through Healing Circles. 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 open to the community and require pre-registration. Our therapeutic playroom, highly trained volunteers, and close collaborations with community allow us to provide services for all different ages and grief styles.
Click the links below to download our required forms:
Healing Circles Child & Teen Emergency Information
Grief Support Resources
We are thinking of you during your journey through grief. We reach out to our TRU family members by phone and with periodic mailings during the 13 months following the death of a loved one. These quarterly Grief Services Newsletters are available to you, your friends and your community at any time.
Recommended Reading on Child and Teen Grief
For Family and Friends
Anticipatory Grief in Children
How to Explain Death to Infants & Toddlers
Supporting Children Ages 3-6 through Grief
Supporting Children Ages 6-9 through Grief
Supporting Children Ages 9-12 through Grief
Supporting Teens Ages 12-18 through Grief
Explaining Cremation to Children
For School Personnel
Supporting Grieving Kids and Teens: The Beginning of the School Year
Supporting Grieving Kids and Teens: The End of the School Year
Supporting Grieving Kids and Teens: Coping with the Holiday Season
Recommended Reading for Adults
Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate & Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss by Sameet M. Kumar, Ph.D.
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Terese Rando
Remembering with Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond by Elizabeth Levang
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
How to Survive the Loss of a Loved One by Peter McWilliams, Harold Bloomfield, and Melba Colgrove
Grief and Loss
Caring for Yourself During Grief
Special Days and Anniversaries
Helping Someone Who is Grieving
Ten Ways to Express Your Sympathy
Helping Yourself Heal when a Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Coping With the Death of Your Pet
Coping with the Holidays
Coping with the Holidays Checklist
Tips for Getting Through the Holidays
How Will I Get Through the Holidays?