Children and Family Programs
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Free and unlimited programs
Ted E. Bear Hollow facilitates peer support by creating a space for “kids to be kids” through a variety of methods including: play, music, art, and reflective sharing. Because grief is a beneficial reaction to death, it is not, in and of itself, a problem to be “fixed,” but rather a new reality to learn to live with. Our hope is that participants feel safe to share their story and to find support from others who are grieving. Our groups are formed based on age and/or developmental level. Every group is different, but generally the younger groups spend more time expressing themselves through activity and play.
All of the following programs are free and unlimited, and our vision is to make them as accessible as possible. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you require any special accommodations.
Monthly Support Groups
We often recommend that families who are new to us or to their grief experience get started by attending one of our Monthly Support Group sessions. These sessions are open for families to attend just once or multiple times throughout the year, and they are held once a month, so they are a great way to get a “taste” for our programs without making a big commitment. During the session time, older youth and adults work with through Grief’s Journey curricula, while children ages 3-9 participate in fun and engaging Ted E. Bear Hollow activities.
When: 2nd Saturday of every month January – October.
Time: 10:30-11:30am CST
8-Session Support Groups
Our 8-Session Bereavement Support Groups are a family program. They are a great choice for families who are ready to dive a little deeper and make a bigger time and attendance-commitment. In this curriculum-based program, the same families attend as a cohort for all 8 sessions as they progress through a series of grief-related topics. The cohort fosters trust and comfort, thus promoting more significant progress and better outcomes. Young children enrolled in Ted E. Bear Hollow participate in their activities alongside older youth and adults who are enrolled in Grief’s Journey programs. 8-week series begin throughout the year, so check our calendar or registration page for the most current information.
When: 8-week series begin throughout the year; click register to see the next starting date. Fall 2021 groups are on Tuesday evenings.
Time: 6:15-7:45pm CST each week for 8 sessions (in-person & zoom options for Fall 2021).
Family Day Camps
Family Day Camps are filled with crafts and activities selected to honor and remember special people who have died. During this program, children participate alongside their other family members and friends rather than being divided into their own age group. Camps are fun and light-hearted with seasonal themes such as Back to School and Spring Forward. Join us in person on August 14th! Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.*
Open to adults with youth ages 3-18
*Please note that masks will be required for all staff, volunteers & participants regardless of vaccination status.
Tinsel & Tears
The hustle and bustle of holidays can be especially challenging for people who are grieving. Tinsel & Tears is an opportunity to carve out dedicated time and space to remember loved ones and to make new holiday memories, while honoring the old. These day camps are filled with festive music, crafts, and activities. Whole families and-or groups of friends sign up and participate together alongside other participants and volunteers. There are plenty keepsakes and snacks to take home!
Open to adults with attending youth ages 3-18.
Resource Kits, Library Bags and Care Packages
“Ted E. Bear Hollow has helped me a lot, and I wouldn’t be as happy and as confident as I am now.”
Kaari – Grieving the death of Adam, father
“Ted E. Bear Hollow taught be that it’s okay to be sad and that I’m not alone.”
Neely – Grieving the death of Dillon, uncle