OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center offers three services for children and teens:
As we continue to align our protocols with LA County public health guidelines, effective July 1, 2023, staff, volunteers, program participants, and visitors entering OUR HOUSE spaces will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination status. Once indoors, individuals may elect to wear a mask if desired. To keep the OUR HOUSE community safe, all individuals are advised to stay home, rest, and recuperate if experiencing symptoms of illness. In all offices, OUR HOUSE staff will ensure that current LA County-recommended COVID sanitation protocols are followed. This policy is subject to change in accordance with LA County public health guidelines.
We wait three months after the death before meeting with families to assess whether a child’s needs can be met in a grief support group. It takes varying lengths of time for children to understand and integrate a death based on their age, developmental level, and life experience. Many children need more than three months before they are ready to begin a group. Part of participation in a grief support group includes offering support to others as well as receiving support. It can take time following a death to be ready to support others.
The Family Support Program includes a group for parents/guardians. If you are unable to attend the parent/guardian during your child’s time in their group, please let us know and we will discuss alternative options.
OUR HOUSE grief support groups are co-led by highly trained and supervised volunteer group leaders. We utilize a non-disclosure model for our group leaders, meaning that they do not share their grief history or other personal information with group members.
As a non-profit agency, our services are offered on a sliding scale. The suggested fee for the Pre-Group Appointment is $65, and the suggested fee for each group meeting is $35; we can slide down to $1 for each service. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Private health insurance plans, Medicare, and Medi-Cal do not cover our services.
OUR HOUSE support groups are small, closed groups which rely on all members attending on a regular basis.
This appointment offers the OUR HOUSE Clinical team an opportunity to assess whether the child is emotionally ready to participate in a support group and to prepare the child to share their story with the other members of the group. In addition, it will be determined whether the child can tolerate hearing and supporting other children who are talking about the deaths that they have experienced.