What to ExpectJourney of Hope’s mission is to provide support to families with children ages 3 through 18, or to young adults as they grieve the death of a loved one. We are a non-profit organization and there is no fee for our services. In order to best serve our families, our groups are confidential to those who attend. For this reason, we do not allow drop-ins to participate in groups. Thank you for understanding.
If you have not already done so, please call to set up your orientation meeting/intake interview. Each person who will attend Journey of Hope support groups must attend the intake meeting in order to participate. You will meet with our Program Director or other qualified staff, which will give us more information and enable us to properly place each person in appropriate groups to fit your needs.
Before coming to your intake appointment, you will need to fill out some forms, which are included in a mail packet or email message. The forms request more detail about your family, circumstances of the death, and how you and your family are doing. Please fill out the forms and bring them with you to your intake interview.
At the orientation meeting / interview, you…
1. Will receive information about the Journey of Hope requirements for participation.
2. Will discuss if the Journey of Hope is the right service for your family at this time.
3. Will have an opportunity to ask questions, and discuss participating in the Journey of Hope.
4. Will receive a schedule of meeting dates and upcoming events.
If you choose to participate in Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, your family will be given a starting date. If the group for your family is full, you will be called as soon as an opening is available.
When you begin coming to Journey of Hope we ask that you attend a minimum of 5-6 times (you are welcome to attend more) and please give us 1-2 weeks notice before you end. Thank-you!
Adults, teens, and children attend groups simultaneously, each going to their own respective groups for one hour.
In the adult groups, expect to meet with other individuals who are grieving the same type of loss- loss of a spouse, loss of a child, loss by suicide, or loss of other (ex-spouse, adult parent, etc.).
Because children experience grief according to their developmental understanding of death, children are assigned a group according to their grade in school.
Families attend the same groups on the same recurring night (for example: every other Tuesday). This fosters fellowship and bonding within the group over time.
Groups are led by trained facilitators. Facilitators do not serve as therapists or counselors, but guide conversation to a place of healthy healing and coping.
Children’s groups usually feature a story, song, or poem that provokes thoughts and emotions, along with expressionistic art/craft activities and discussion.
Expect to make friends, support others, and be supported. Group members teach each other and help each other through the process of mourning.
Participants are encouraged to strengthen their support networks and will discuss with our program director when they feel prepared to "graduate" from our program.
Participants are never charged a fee to attend our support groups