Our Peer Groups
If you would like to learn more about our peer support groups, please either call us 419.360.4939 or complete the form below. After an initial conversation, we'll invite the adults and children to visit Good Grief for a brief information session and to complete a small amount of paperwork. Your family will tour Good Grief and our staff will answer your questions.
Meetings are on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, and attendance is every other week. Tuesday evenings start with a shared meal at 6:00 p.m.; with groups beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until approximately 7:45. Thursday meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. (no meal) and last until approximately 6:15 p.m.. Our program season roughly mirrors the public schools' calendar with a break from mid-June to early August.
We are located in our Holland, OH office - 7015 Spring Meadows Drive West, Suite 201.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Good Grief serves families from many different walks of life and backgrounds, and reaches children, teens, and adults from over 10 different communities in the Greater Toledo area. We provides peer support groups - not counseling or therapy. Groups are open-ended, which means families begin and finish participating based on their own needs and time-frame. There is never a cost to attend and dinner is free to involved families.
One of the most important things about peer support groups is that it gives children, teens, and adults space and time to connect with others of their own age who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives - who are going through the same experiences and share many of the same feelings.
Our groups begin with circle time, where each group member has the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about the person who died. Each group then does an age appropriate grief-related activity designed to assist in the development of coping strategies and the expression of thoughts and feelings surrounding the loss. A portion of every group is dedicated to playing. Many different activities are offered for self-expression (sand trays and other tactile materials, puppets, art materials, games, toys and other fun activities). Groups end with a closing circle where members may talk about their evening or what they look forward to over the next week.
Teen groups are similar to children's groups however they will often forego playtime for simply hanging out and talking to each other. Journals are offered to every teen.
Children come to Good Grief because someone died. They stay because groups are fun and the connection they establish with others helps them feel less isolated and better understood and a little more in control of their lives.
Please call our office 419.360.4939 and we'll be happy to talk with you!
Questions? Call: 419.360.4939
Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, Inc.
7015 Spring Meadows Drive West
Suite 201, Holland, OH 43528