Grief Support Programs
The death of someone we cared about can leave us with a range of emotions and reactions. Seeking or accepting the support of others is a powerful way to cope with grief and adjust to life after our loss.
Through a variety of groups, programs, and services, JCS offers support, guidance, comfort, and hope to people of all ages who are bereaved and trying to cope with the death of someone important in their lives.
JCS Grief Programs
Dear Grief: Journaling can be a powerful tool in healing. Writers of all abilities will be guided in crafting a personal story that reflects many aspects of your grief story.
Beyond Words: Creating a Memorial Garden: There are times when words alone cannot relieve the intensity of grief. Join us in creating a memorial garden that will be a source of hope and comfort in the spring.
The Empty Place at the Table: Family gatherings can be painful when a loved one has died. Join us for a program that offers strategies related to self-care, family relationships, socializing and holiday traditions.
Brothers and Sisters: Sibling relationships are among the most important relationships we may experience. We grieve for our siblings whether they die at age 8 or age 80. Older adults often feel their grief for a sibling is minimized or not recognized. Join us as we explore sibling relationships and discuss strategies for self-care and understanding grief.
Origami Project: Origami cranes have become a symbol of hope and healing. Join us in a mindful and relaxing program that allows those grieving the opportunity to create a chain of cranes using beautiful origami papers.
Heart Strings: Based on the book, The Invisible String, this workshop includes creating a personalized bracelet and a discussion about ways to continue your connection with the person who died as if attached to each other by an invisible string.
Bouncing Back from Loss: Resiliency and Aging: Everyone experiences loss. Throughout our lives we may encounter changes in memory, vision, finances and mobility. Why is it some people seem to have an easier time handling these challenges? The key for many is resilience. Join us as we discuss strategies for moving forward and facing challenges with hope and determination.
Support Groups for People Grieving:
Loved ones who died from addiction
Loved ones who died by suicide
Facilitated by JCS Grief Counselors, the groups offer a safe place for people to be with others who are grieving, as well as an opportunity to talk with grief specialists.
The Mitchell David Center for Hope & Healing supports children, teens, and families
who have experienced a loved one’s death, particularly if that loved one was a child. Through age-appropriate programs, groups, and activities, The Center supports parents and siblings throughout their lives – immediately after a death and through all life stages when grief reappears. Support for The Center is provided by the Mitchell David Endowment Fund.