01 Jan Loss & Grief
When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss. How much kids understand about death depends on their age, experiences and each individual child. Here are some resources to help you guide a grieving child.
Ele’s Place specializes in assisting children and families through this process. They can be reached at: 616-301-1605
Gilda’s Club (1-800-325-1419) provides cancer support and grief/loss support for all ages.
St. Mark’s Church (134 Division Avenue N.) works with CompassionateFriends.org to offer a grief and loss group for parents and family members. Contact Connie at 616-430-0905. Their website also has numerous resources to help with grief.
Bereaved Parents of the USA provides a variety of supports for families impacted by loss of a child, though the nearest sponsored support group is in Utica, Michigan.
Grieving the Loss of a Child is an article that may be helpful for families to read and refer to as they process the loss.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health has a variety of counseling supports that include individual, family, and group therapy centered on topics of grief and loss. The central access number is 616-455-9200.