No one grieves the same. That is why Edmarc’s Bereavement Program supports families in many ways.
It can be difficult to navigate loss, especially when that loss is the death of a child. Edmarc provides support to guide families along their grief journey through many avenues including:
- Annual Day of Remembrance
- Monthly support groups for moms and dads
- Camp M.A.G.I.C.
- Peace by Piece
- One-on-one of family support calls or visits
- Customized information about the grief process
- Personal contact on important anniversaries and holidays
- Invitations to Edmarc social events
Annual Day of Remembrance
Edmarc’s Day of Remembrance allows bereaved families to come together with staff to remember their child. This poignant event gives space for families to come together, share memories, smile, cry, and illuminate the memory of their child with love. There is never a limit to when or how many times a family can attend. Grief is not linear; therefore, some families come once in the first year, some wait years to join, and others make it an annual tradition.
Moms’ and Dads’ Grief Group
Edmarc’s Moms’ and Dads’ Group Grief Group is an open support group designed for parents who have experienced the loss of a child. Through meeting together, parents develop friendships, learn useful methods of coping, and discover different ways of navigating in their new normal. The empowering experience takes place once a month and is facilitated by our Bereavement Program Director as well as trained, bereaved facilitators.
Edmarc’s annual Camp M.A.G.I.C. (My Active Grief Instills Courage) is a weekend for grieving families to come together and commemorate their loves ones. These families learn to build coping skills together while telling their stories and creating memories through tears and laughter. Throughout the weekend, families take part in activities that promote healing, connection, and the sharing of experiences along their grief journeys.
Peace by Piece
Peace by Piece is an interfaith program for grieving children and teens in partnership with Jewish Family Services. Participants are assigned to age-appropriate groups led by trained volunteer facilitators. They are able to process their experiences regarding loss and provide support for one another through therapeutic activities, games, and crafts.
“There is always someone to talk to or cry with, enjoy our happier moments, and make sure we find all the resources we need in our darkest hours.”Gabriel’s Mom