Tuesday * Thursday | 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Saturday | 9:45 am to 11:15 am
Ages: 6 to 11
Offered: Once a term (4 times a year)
Duration: 7 Weeks (1 day per week - 3 options)
The Grief & Loss Support Program was our first program and remains our core program. This is for children aged 6 to 11, experiencing grief and loss from traumatic situations at a young age be it through a death, illness, family separations and other big changes. At this stage of development children often feel the loss is their ‘fault'.
Our Program provides a supportive space for children to express their feelings, including their anger. With peer sharing and support, their grief is ‘normalised’ and they no longer feel alone. Children are helped to grow through their grief by using a mixture of story-telling, art activities, movement & music, breath work, stress reduction exercises, anger-management and mindfulness. They learn inner life skills to help with the healing process of grief and also to deal with future loss and change. Teamed with their very own PK Buddy, each child is given individualised support through their seven-week journey. A separate Parents Group provides support for parents and caregivers to address their own grief along with how to provide support for their child through the process.
The sessions are designed to help children tell their stories and express their feelings about the loss in a safe way. Over seven weekly sessions, the children learn to:
- Gain an understanding of the event as a loss.
- Tell the story to facilitate discussion about the loss.
- Grieve the loss and feel the feelings.
- Physically and creatively express strong feelings including anger, a natural response to loss (in a safe way).
- Deal with any "unfinished business" around the loss.
- Affirm and commemorate the loss, and look forward to the future.
- Claim a new sense of self and feel empowered to move on.
If you would like support, please download and return the completed Program Enquiry Form to begin the process of help, or contact us on (07) 5574 6853.
By Fax: (07) 5563 3139
Paradise Kids - PO Box 1290, Runaway Bay. QLD 4216
88 Allied Drive, Arundel. QLD 4214
Grief & Loss Support Tri-fold Brochure
Grief & Loss Support Program Information Sheet