IN THIS TOGETHER – supporting children & families in grief
Formerly the Me, Too program, IN THIS TOGETHER supports children, teens and families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. This program is offered at no charge to participants.
Families come together for one evening each week for eight weeks where children, teens, and adults gather in age specific groups. Groups are professionally facilitated and offered in the fall and winter each year. Sessions alternate between east and west side Portland locations. Families may register for groups any time after the death of a death of someone close to them.
IN THIS TOGETHER groups provide a safe, fun and supportive environment in which participants are able to express and explore their thoughts and feelings of grief and loss. Through shared experiences, family communication is enhanced and group members gain a sense of confidence in coping with their grief. There is no charge to attend groups.
Who should come to IN THIS TOGETHER groups?
- Any child or teen coping with a death can benefit from our group. We offer a validating and nurturing experience that honors the uniqueness of each child’s situation.
- Children and teens often have less ability to talk about their feelings or to ask for the help they need. By offering facilitated discussions, play and art activities children and teens are better able to express their difficult feelings.
- Adults hoping to open up communication with their children as well as adults seeking an understanding environment to balance their own grief needs with the demands of parenting will find support.
Kids are invited to express their thoughts and feelings through play, art and talking activities. For kids ages 5 and up.
In the company of peers, teens participate in talking circle and expressive arts activities. For high school aged teens.
Adults receive support for their own grieving pricess and learn how to better understand and support their grieving children.
Legacy Hospice Services
Petya Pohlschneider, MSW, LCSW
Providence Portland Hospices
Carrie Kilpatrick-White, MSW, LCSW
IN THIS TOGETHER responds to requests from the community.
Clinicians are available to work with local schools to create individualized plans that respond to grief support needs in instances where a student, parent, teacher or other influential community leader has died. IN THIS TOGETHER staff can aid in developing onsite grief support groups at school, and provide educational opportunities for school staff. Support resources for the broader community are also available. IN THIS TOGETHER is a program of Legacy Hospice Services, the Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association and Providence Portland Hospice Programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.