The Family Development Center welcomes individuals, couples, and families who are facing challenges at any life stage. Some of these challenges may include relationship issues, job worries, parenting concerns, emotional and behavioral difficulties in children, multigenerational family demands, work/life balance, addiction, empty nest adjustments, or end-of-life stresses.
Growing Through Grief is a school support program that helps children and teens overcome the pain and heartache of losing a loved one. Having a safe place to express grief and not feel alone is key to learning healthy ways of coping with grief.
Children and teens, like adults, grieve in their own unique ways when a special person is dying or dies. The most significant factor is how children and teens grieve is how the adults in their lives respond to the dying process or death. Love, honesty and support are key to helping a grieving child or teen.
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
Some parents find it helpful to read about grief. It helps them to understand their grief and connect with others through words. Most of the books in this list can be found in local libraries and book stores.
Download Children’s grief resources booklet, which includes information about adult grief and your children’s grief, making memory for children and teens, creating meaningful rituals and legacies, the first days following the death of a child, and how to know if you need counseling.