FAQs
  • How can play be supportive and helpful?
  • Is there a cost for attending groups at Healing House?
  • What does your child need from you during group?
  • What is a Facilitated Children's Grief Support Group?
  • What is the role of the Group Facilitators and Coordinators?
  • What should children bring with tem to Healing House?
  • Where does the Support Group take place?
  • Where is the Healing House located?
  • Who benefits from coming to Healing House?
  • Who is elegible to recieve services at Healing House?
  • Why does facilitated play work?
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    Q: How can play be supportive and helpful?
    A: Play is a natural form of expression. A child uses various play activites and materials as tools to express his/her many different emotions and thoughts.
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    Q: Is there a cost for attending groups at Healing House?
    A: Services are provided at no cost to families. We rely on support from donations, grants and volunteers.
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    Q: What does your child need from you during group?
    A: We ask that an adult accompany children while they are participating in groups at Healing House. Other parents/caregivers provide support for each other in the adult group or you can enjoy quite time on the front porch or lounge. Since grieving children experience separation anxiety, the children are allowed to "touch-base" with you at any time, thus possibly interrupting the adult group. Children will need your attention and respect for the work they are doing during group.
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    Q: What is a Facilitated Children's Grief Support Group?
    A: A grief support group is made up of approximately 10 children, trained facilitators, and a group coordinator. The group provides the children a safe place in which to talk about and play out their thoughts and feelings about their losses. Children generally do more playing than talking because play is the natural language of children. Children tend to use play instead of words to represent their changing world.
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    Q: What is the role of the Group Facilitators and Coordinators?
    A: The facilitators are volunteers trained by Healing House to observe, listen, and respond to grieving children. The group coordinator is a master's level counselor who supervises the facilitators and children's activities to assure that everyone is safe. Facilitators and Coordinators do not provide therapy, but rather an environment where the children feel safe and able to work through thoughts and feelings.
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    Q: What should children bring with tem to Healing House?
    A: Children should wear comfortable clothes that are subject to paint, play dough, glitter and other play materials. Children are permitted to bring "memory-items" that they may want to share with other participants, and are not allowed to bring refreshments.
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    Q: Where does the Support Group take place?
    A: The Support group takes place at Healing House which is designed to promote safe play and talk among the children and adults
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    Q: Where is the Healing House located?
    A: 707 Lee Avenue, Lafayette,Louisiana - Right next door to the First Methodist Church
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    Q: Who benefits from coming to Healing House?
    A: Healing House offers support groups for children ages 4-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Adults also benefit through developing a support network with other adults.
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    Q: Who is elegible to recieve services at Healing House?
    A: Children ages 4-17, who have experienced a death of a primary caregiver or sibling.
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    Q: Why does facilitated play work?
    A: Just as a child enjoys having the same story read several times, so the child replays various grief themes. With the help of the adult facilitators the child learns to:
     
    1. Acknowledge the reality of death

    2. Experience the emotions, thoughts and behaviors associated with grief.

    3. Adjust to living in a world in which the person who has died is absent.

    4. Withdraw emotional energy from the person who died and reinvest it in other relationships.

    5. Establish a relationship with the memory of the person who died.

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