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Circle of Hope offers a wide spectrum of mental and behavioral health services designed to help children and adolescents cope with feelings of grief, sadness, anger, and anxiety after something as traumatic as losing a parent &/or sibling to homicide. 

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 expressing emotions by talking about the sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion the child may feel. A variety of methods may be used to help the child express their emotions such as talk, art, and play therapy. Other methods may be explored if the therapist feels that it will help the child process his/her feelings. It is important to note that every child grieves in their way and at their own pace. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

Circle of Hope helps the child understand and process their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms, manage communication within the family, and provide support and guidance.  


Grief and Loss Support Groups  

Circle of Hope offers age-appropriate support groups that deal with grief and loss. These groups offer several benefits to children including a safe place to express their feelings and experiences. Being in a support group with other children who have had similar experiences can help a child feel less alone and more accepted. Seeing other children who have experienced grief and trauma go on to heal, thrive, and be resilient can give other children in the group hope for their future. It can also show them that they are not alone in their journey.

Life Coaches and Mentors

Circle of Hope offers Life Coaches and Mentors for grieving children to provide support and guidance as these children navigate the grieving process. Life coaches and mentors can help children navigate their new normal 

Life after loss can be difficult for children. Having a Life Coach or Mentor can help them navigate their new normal. They can help children develop coping mechanisms. build resilience and find meaning in their lives. Children can also benefit by having a Life Coach or Mentor help develop life skills to reach their full potential.

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Integrative Skill Building

Integrative Skill Building activities for children suffering from the loss of a parent or sibling can help them 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 ones. Integrative Skill-building activities can help children process their grief and 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.

Pre-Funeral Resources

Circle of Hope is now partnering with local barbers and stylists to provide haircuts and hairstyles for the children to prepare for the service of their loved ones if requested. Trained team members from Circle of Hope can sit in with family to provide emotional support if needed during the planning of the services. At the request of the family, the trained member will also explain to the child(ren) what will occur at the service of their loved one. Circle of Hope offers prayer and candlelight vigils. 

*Balloon releases upon request.


Circle of Hope program provides much-needed support to children who are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one to homicide. Our services are tailored to the individual needs of each child, and we offer a safe and supportive environment where children can feel comfortable expressing their emotions.

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We believe that a sense of hope conveys a sense of optimism. It suggests that the child will be able to find a way to move forward and build a brighter future for themselves, even in the face of tragedy. 


We believe that healing is possible, and we are committed to providing children with the tools and resources they need to heal after losing a parent or sibling to homicide.


We believe that children are resilient and have the strength to overcome, even the most difficult challenges with the proper guidance. 


We believe that children need a safe and positive environment to help them through their grief journey. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where children look forward to coming and feel comfortable amongst their peers and other children who have gone through similar experiences. 

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