Mike’s Club

Mike’s Club bereavement groups for children and teens who are coping with the death of a parent, caregiver, or sibling

We offer separate groups for children, teens,  and parenting adults coping with death-related loss of a parent, caregiver, or sibling. The children process their grief through creative activities, arts and crafts, and games, with the help of our trained support staff. Families are able to connect with others who are dealing with similar circumstances in a safe and peaceful environment. Parents and caregivers meet to discuss common issues, concerns, and ways to help their children cope. Mike's Club is a free program for children 5-18 years old. Groups meet every other week during the school year and are led by Hope Floats staff, clinicians and trained volunteer facilitators. For more information call Meaghan Hayes or Liz McKenna at 781-585-4221

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Parent Resources: 

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families. Visit  www.childrengrieve.org

Help Grieving Children:

Keys to Helping Children Deal with Death & Grief by Joy Johnson

I know it in My Heart by Mary E. Plouffe

Tuck Meets  A Dragonfly by Frances Charles - Parent Loss

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie

For Grieving Children:

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf  by Leo Buscalia

Ida Always by Caron Levis

The Invisible String by Patricia Karst

Sibling Loss:

You are Not Alone: Stories by young teens who have experienced the death of a sibling by Brooke’s Place

Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J. Wray

My Sibling Still: For Those Who’ve Lost a Sibling to Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Death by Megan Lacourrege

Pet Loss For Children:

When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone Camp, Inc. developed HelloGrief.org to start a discussion on the impact of loss, and how to help grieving persons cope; as well as build a community of support for those living with grief. www.comfortzonecamp.org

Camp Erin

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.  Camp Erin