Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Age-appropriate activities in support groups for grieving children were funded by this grant.
One example of the profound difference support groups make in the lives of the young people who attend was evident when one little boy (in the ages 5-7 group), who found his mother dead in the shower the week of winter break last year, attended his first group last spring. He was sobbing so much that, during introductions, he vomited into the hands of the Program Coordinator, Kelly, who was sitting next to him. The whole group then turned to comfort him. A girl whose mother had died the summer before and who had been extremely challenging and disruptive in groups previously put her arm around him - a very clear example of the power of group work - as now she was the veteran, the leader, the provider of comfort to this little boy who was hurting so much.