School-Based Grief Support Program

OUR HOUSE recognizes that many children and teens grieve alone. Parents or guardians may lack access to transportation or other resources needed to bring their child to a support group at one of our three locations: West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Mid-City/Koreatown centers. Through our landmark School-Based Grief Support Program, we bring our services to the local schools.

Elementary, middle, and high school students can participate, free of charge, in an OUR HOUSE on-site grief support group in their own school. The groups provide a safe place for children to share their thoughts and feelings with other children who are also grieving after the death of a family member or close friend. Students are identified by school personnel and are invited to participate. Upon the completion of the ten-week group, faculty and students report students are better able to concentrate in school and have improved social and behavioral performance.

School Groups

  • Consist of 8-12 students
  • Takes place once a week for 10 weeks during the school day
  • Led by highly trained and supervised OUR HOUSE group leaders
  • Located on campuses in the Los Angeles, Culver City, Santa Monica/Malibu, Inglewood, Compton, Glendale and Hawthorne Unified School Districts as well as their Charter and Magnet schools
  • Shown to improve the academic performance and social adjustment of grieving students, as reported by school personnel

“OUR HOUSE has a very effective, comprehensive group curriculum. They consistently brought age-appropriate materials and projects for the students to work on. Most students reported that the group was the only place that they felt they could talk about their loss safely. Very frequently students reported an increase in their ability to concentrate in class and on exams because they were able to ‘clear their head’ during the group sessions.” – Sandy, Psychiatric Social Worker

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