Our Grief Counselors
Our expert grief counselors provide individual counseling, host expressive arts workshops, teach wellness practices, facilitate support groups, and run grief camps for kids.
They also provide education to other mental health professionals, schools, and community organizations via customized workshops and training sessions.
Services are paid for on a sliding scale, and thanks to our donors, no one is turned away.
Alive’s overnight grief camp, Camp Forget-Me-Not, is for ANY child (aged 8-17) who has experienced the death of someone significant.
School-based Grief Support+
Our School-based Grief Support and Intervention Program goes beyond treating the immediate symptoms
of grief and teaches children and teens healthy coping skills for dealing with grief that they can use throughout their life.
We provide education and support to administrators and staff, students and guardians. This includes consultation, crisis response counseling after a death in the school community, and on-site support groups for bereaved students. The program currently serves Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, Cannon, and Wilson
This special day is for families with children to explore grief together in a safe environment led by licensed counselors and volunteers. Families bond with one another through classic camp activities such as canoeing, archery, wood working, and a climbing wall. In small groups, they also connect with others via discussions and memorialization activities.
Alive’s overnight grief camp, Camp Forget-Me-Not, is for any child (aged 8-17) who has experienced the death of someone significant. Camp Forget-Me-Not combines traditional camp fun (ziplining, swimming and water slides) with therapeutic activities from Alive’s licensed grief counselors to remember loved ones and make connections with peers who are also grieving. Teens have their own groups and activities.
Learn more about camp.
Creative Hearts Club+
Creative Hearts Club is a six week support group for children and teens ages 8-17 using creativity to promote the self-expression of grief. Guardians attend the last day of the club for an “art show” and “dinner theater.” This event is a guided opportunity to increase the family’s communication around the loss.
Youth Group is a personalized educational program for ages 4-17. Grief education is tailored to each participant’s developmental level, and guardians receive weekly education worksheets to continue the discussion at home. Participants connect with other young people experiencing grief and learn coping tools for day-to-day life.
Special Days Series+
Annual holidays can be especially hard when you are grieving. These creative workshops take place on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, and Bereaved Siblings Day annually. Creative memorial activities with guided discussions let families express their feelings while honoring the deceased.
“This was the most amazing experience for my daughter. I recommend anyone with a child who has experienced a loss be a part of the camp. The tools provided and being able to talk with other kids the same age is so impactful. My daughter wants to be a part of it every year and even become a camp counselor when she is old enough to help others in the future.”
-Parent of child who attended Camp Forget-Me-Not
“This program has amazing staff, the students feel safe and heard when session is taking place. The students use ALL the resources provided for their grief and talk about it on a daily basis. The parents are so thankful for this free opportunity. As a busy school counselor with so many needs, this is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders to reach these students that at time get forgotten.”
– Participant in school-based grief program