The grieving process is as difficult for children as it is for adults. We can help.
Our North Star for Grieving Children program helps children and teens cope with the heartache caused by the death of someone they care about. Our program provides a safe, child-centered place for kids to share their feelings and questions about their loss. Through the use of children’s books, healing art activities, peer support and the guidance of a Master’s level grief counselor, your child will find a sense of understanding, belonging and acceptance, and will learn coping skills that will help them adjust to life after their loss.
When a child is grieving, the whole family is affected. We will support you.
Parents may be worried about their grieving child, or may be struggling with their own feelings about the loss. Our North Star program includes parent/guardian learning groups that focus on helping the whole family navigate the difficult journey that begins when a death occurs.
Children need support that meets their developmental level. We provide this.
We offer groups for children ages 4 through 18, as well as a young adults group. All of our groups are staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers. Please see our calendar for group meeting days and times.
All of our North Star programs are offered free of charge to any child in Brevard County. An intake meeting is required prior to a child attending group.
North Star Groups – Spring 2017
Middles* Tuesdays 1st and 3rd of month
01/17/17, 02/07/17, 02/21/17, 03/07/17, 03/21/17, 04/04/17, 04/18/17, 05/02/17 05/16/17
Littles** Tuesdays 2nd and 4th of month
01/10/17, 01/24/17, 02/14/17, 02/28/17, 03/14/17, 03/28/17, 04/25/17, 05/09/17, 05/23/17
North Teens* Wednesdays 1st and 3rd of month
01/18/17, 02/01/17, 02/15/17, 03/01/17, 03/15/17, 04/05/17, 04/19/17, 05/03/17, 05/17/17
Young Adults** Wednesdays 2nd and 4th of month
01/11/17, 01/25/17, 02/08/17, 02/22/17, 03/08/17, 03/22/17, 04/26/17, 05/10/17, 05/24/17
South Teens* Thursdays 1st and 3rd of month
01/19/17, 02/02/17, 02/16/17, 03/02/17, 03/16/17, 04/06/17, 04/20/17, 05/04/17, 05/18/17
- Groups begin at 6 p.m. with Pizza and Refreshments.
* No groups the week of January 2 through 6. Enjoy your Holiday Break!
** No groups the week of April 10 through 14. Enjoy your Spring Break!
To learn more about the North Star program and to register for groups and activities, call Hilary Farnum, MSW, at 321-269-4240 or toll free 866-269-4240.
- NORTH STAR CAMP will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. For details, visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com/calendar/camp-north-star-grieving-children-scheduled-february-25th