Grief support group for young adults begins Feb. 1

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UC Davis offers a support program for young adults who are coping with the death of someone close

Posted Feb. 1, 2012

The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting in February.

The group is designed for any young adult, age 17 to 24, who is coping with a recent death of someone close. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings, from Feb. 1 through March 21.

Each session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Home Care Services Building, 3630 Business Drive, Suite F, Sacramento.

Among the topics to be covered during the eight sessions are:

  • Acknowledging and understanding grief
  • Expressing and accepting feelings
  • Changing of roles
  • Coping and stress
  • Developing supportive relationships

Although grief support groups exist for children and adults, the Bereavement Program has identified a pressing need for grief support for young adults 17-24 years old. A continuing grant from the Children's Miracle Network is allowing the program to offer this Young Adult Bereavement Art Group.

There is no cost for this service, groups are offered both in the spring and fall. The facilitators are Don Lewis, bereavement and volunteer coordinator for the UC Davis Hospice Program, and Hannah Hunter, art therapist for the Child Life and Creative Therapies Program at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

The size of the group is limited. Those interested in participating should register by calling Lewis at 916-734-1139 or sending an e-mail to Lewis may be contacted any time during the year by those who have questions or an interest in attending a future group.

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