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Youth grief

Community Healing Hearts free youth grief counselingThe population of children and teens experiencing the death of a loved one is rapidly growing. In response, Community Home Health and Community's behavioral health services have partnered to create Community Healing Hearts. Services are focused on supporting youth in telling their story, expressing feelings, using coping skills and addressing unfinished business.

Every child’s experience is unique, resulting in a range of responses that can span across academic, behavioral, emotional, spiritual and physical facets. By proactively providing grief support and education to children and adolescents, we may successfully prevent the need for long-term support services or mental health treatment.

All Community Healing Hearts services are free of charge and open to the public. For more information or to make a referral for youth bereavement services, please call 317-621-4646.

Youth grief education and support services

Youth grief events

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Through a generous grant from the New York Life Foundation, Community Health Network expanded its grief and bereavement services to include adolescents. The program is designed to provide school-based grief education programming and support groups throughout the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, as well as enhance the grief and bereavement services to children and adolescents with a family member receiving hospice care through Community Home Health. Program services include:

Youth bereavement specialist

Kelly Petersohn, a licensed clinical social worker, serves as the program’s youth bereavement specialist. Her primary role is to provide support to children and adolescents in the grieving process and offer proactive and preventive care services. More about Kelly >>

School-based grief services

Grief support groups are available in several schools within the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. Find a school grief group >>

Resources for grief and bereavement

Find Community Health Network services, websites and helpful books for children and teens (and their caregivers) dealing with grief. Resources >>

Support Healing Hearts

Our youth bereavement program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Community Health Network Foundation. You can make a gift today to support continued youth grief services in Central Indiana communities and schools. Learn more >>

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