Research has shown that unresolved grief in children can lead to many negative outcomes such as truancy, behavioral problems, difficulties with relationships, drug and alcohol addiction, and an increased risk of suicide. Creating a safe environment, where students can express their grief, can significantly reduce the possibilities of these outcomes occurring. Not all students are able to attend our on-site peer support groups. So we bring our programming to your school and provide the opportunity for grieving children to explore and express their grief through a variety of outlets.
The 10-week In-School Program is a peer support group that meets once a week. Typically there are five to eight students and two Erin’s House staff members or trained volunteers to facilitate the Peer Group. Each week has a different theme, such as School and Home, which focuses on various ways the death may have impacted the students. The Erin’s House staff provides activities related to the week’s theme which helps to foster a discussion of feelings associated with the death of their loved ones.
How to Enroll
- Contact Erin’s House so that we can answer any questions and provide you with the proper paperwork. We can be reached at 260.423.2466.
- School personnel, generally a guidance counselor, identify at least five students who have recently experienced a death and would like to participate in a Peer Support Group
- The parent/guardian of the student completes and returns an Erin’s House Application to the guidance counselor
- Once the Erin’s House receives the applications from the school, the guidance counselor and the School Program Director will arrange dates and times for the program to begin meeting
Like all of Erin’s House programming, the in-school program is offered at no cost to the school or the students.
If you, or your school, are interested in this program, please contact Megan Caruthers at 423-2466 or email@example.com.
Programming also available in Spanish.