Youth (ages 4-17)
Youth and Family Grief Support Series
Our free grief support series is an evidence-based and trauma-informed program open to children and teens, ages 4-17, who have experienced or are facing the death of a loved one. Each series starts with a beautiful welcoming ceremony for the family and ends with a meaningful closing ceremony providing the opportunity for connection while honoring their loved one. Each group meets once a week for seven weeks and is professionally led by our Youth Program Director and trained volunteers. Activities are hands-on and age appropriate, and each week focuses on a specific topic. While the children are meeting, adults are invited to attend either an educational class about childhood grief or a grief support group specific to their loss. This family-focused series is at the core of our mission; each family member deserves individual support while also committing to working together as a unit to heal. For more details contact Jenny: Jenny@brighterdaysgriefcenter.org
Youth Monthly Support Groups
For anyone who has already participated in our 7-week series or who chooses not to, our free monthly support groups will provide continual support and connections. Each group provides options for the type of loss and age groups; we will adjust as needed based on the number of registrations. For more details contact Jenny Simmonds, Youth Program Director: Jenny@brighterdaysgriefcenter.org
Day and Weekend Youth and Family Camps
Brighter Days is proud to be a partner of the Eluna Network, and will offer Camp Erin Twin Cites twice a year. We will also provide Camp LIVIN in partnership with LIVIN Foundation for families grieving the death of a loved on to suicide. Camp is a recognized, therapeutic method that teaches youth in the medium that is most familiar and comfortable to them—play. Camp activities embed the learning in fun, yet instructive, activities. The unique camp experience creates an atmosphere to facilitate safe expression of grief both physically and emotionally, as well as traditional camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, and games. Campers learn that they are not alone in their grief, which fosters a sense of belonging that is often shattered when a parent or sibling dies. Lasting friendships develop out of the camp experience, creating an extended support community. Contact Jenny@brighterdaysgriefcenter.org for details.
Activity and Special Events
Whether it is through our partners or one of our special events, we are committed to providing healthy and positive engagement for the children and families of Brighter Days Family Grief Center. Aside from grief support options, camps and retreats, we will continue to provide virtual and in-person activities and events to remind children that they are not alone. Sign up for our newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org to be updated on our monthly offerings.
Please make sure to visit our Resources page for other local and national resources for Youth.
Young Adults (ages 18-25)
Young Adult Monthly Support Groups
Young adults are often overlooked when it comes to losing a parent or sibling at this stage in life. Our Young Adult program provides an opportunity to connect with others in this age group. From weekend retreats, social events and monthly support groups, this program addresses the specific needs and concerns of grieving young adults. Each group provides options for the type of loss; we will adjust as needed based on the number of registrations. To learn more, contact Katie Eisold, Young Adult and Family Program Director: email@example.com
When it comes to being eligible for a scholarship, the specifics are important. You may be able to find scholarships by searching for organizations related to your parent's cause of death; you may also be eligible for need-based scholarships. Learn more HERE.
Our pay it forward mentality with our volunteers blends with our internship program offering young adults the opportunity to build their resume while working for a great cause! If you are interested in peer-based mentoring, marketing, fundraising, social media, public speaking or social work opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for passionate ambassadors to spread our message, and to create peer-based support groups throughout college campuses. Please email email@example.com to learn more.
Please make sure to visit our Resources page for other local and national resources for Young Adults.