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Individual Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Circle of Hope offers therapy to children who have lost a parent or sibling to homicide. Therapists help children cope with their grief and trauma in a healthy way. The therapist may use a variety of approaches, depending on the child's individual needs and goals. Some common approaches include:

Talking about the loss:
The therapist may help the child to talk about the death of their parent, including the circumstances of the death and the child's feelings about the loss. The therapist may also help the child to understand the grieving process and to develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Expressing emotions:
The therapist may help the child to express their emotions about the loss, such as sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. The therapist may use a variety of methods to help the child express their emotions, such as talk therapy, play therapy, and art therapy.

Adjusting to life without the parent:
The therapist may help the child to adjust to life without their parent. This may involve helping the child to develop new routines, find new sources of support, and set goals for the future.

Developing resilience:
The therapist may help the child to develop resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Resilience can help children to cope with the challenges they face and to thrive in life.

It is important to note that every child grieves in their own way and at their own pace. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The therapist will create a personalized treatment plan based on the child's individual needs and goals.


Grief and Loss Support Groups  

Circle of Hope offers support groups that are age appropriate that deal with grief and loss. These groups offer several benefits to children including:

A safe space to express their feelings and experiences. Children often feel isolated and misunderstood after experiencing grief or trauma. Being in a support group with other children who have had similar experiences can help them feel less alone and more accepted.

An opportunity to learn from others. Children can learn from other children in the support group how to cope with their grief and trauma. They can also learn about the different stages of grief and how to heal.

A sense of hope and resilience. Seeing other children who have experienced grief and trauma go on to heal and thrive can give children hope for their own future. It can also show them that they are not alone in their journey.


Life Coaches and Mentorship

Circle of Hope offers Life Coaches and Mentorship for grieving children to provide support and guidance as these children navigate the grieving process.  Life after loss can be difficult for children, but life coaches and mentors can help them navigate their new normal. They can help children to develop coping mechanisms, build resilience, and find meaning in their lives. In addition to supporting children through the grieving process, life coaches and mentors can also help children to develop their life skills and to reach their full potential. 


Integrative skill building

Integrative skill building activities for children suffering from the loss of a parent or sibling can help them to cope with their grief and develop the skills they need to thrive. 

When a child loses a parent or sibling, it can be a devastating experience. They may feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, confusion, and guilt. They may also have difficulty adjusting to their new life without their loved one. Integrative skill building activities can help children to  develop the skills they need to cope with their loss. These activities can also help them to build resilience and learn how to thrive in the face of adversity. 

  • Art and creative expression: Art can be a powerful way for children to express their emotions and process their grief. They can draw, paint, sculpt, or write about their feelings and experiences.

  • Movement and physical activity: Physical activity can help to reduce stress and improve mood. It can also help children to feel a sense of control over their bodies.

  • Play therapy: Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses play to help children to understand and express their emotions. It can also be used to help children to develop coping skills and problem-solving skills.

  • Grief support groups: Grief support groups can provide children with a safe space to share their feelings and experiences with other children who have also lost a loved one.

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