The Shore Grief Center, along with Better Communities, will hold a free peer-based grief support group for kids ages 6 to 11 in Knightdale starting this month.
It's designed for kids who have experienced any type of death in their lives. The goal, according to a press release, is to "educate and support children who are grieving by teaching them positive ways to express their feelings and better cope with their grief."
Kids will be able to share and learn from each other as part of the group. Each session will include art therapy and high-energy activities.
Carolyn Zahnow, founder and CEO of The Shore Grief Center, opened the center about a year ago in Wake Forest. Zahnow's only child committed suicide three years after the death of his father. Zahnow's hope is that she can prevent other families from experiencing such loss.
“These methods have proven to be beneficial to children, teens, and adults to better manage grief they might be experiencing after a death," Zahnow said.
The group, which starts Oct. 29, continues for eight weeks, meeting on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It will meet at Better Communities, 502 McKnight Dr., Suite 200, Knightdale. Better Communities is a state-licensed mental health agency. To register a child or to learn more, call the Better Communities office at 919-844-7755 or email info@better-communities.
Also ... Zahnow tells me that the grief center will hold its first annual walk, "A Walk Along the Shore for Suicide and Depression Awareness," on Nov. 9 in Wake Forest. Go to the center's website for more information.