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Beginning this month, parents who want to help their young children and teens navigate the painful emotions associated with grief will have a community resource for support and counseling. In coordination with Whole Child Strategies, the Klondike Smokey City (KSC) Neighborhood Council, Church Health, and the KSC Community Development Corporation, Universal Parenting Place at Perea School Director Molly Nelson has helped organize aprogram offering counseling to parents, teens, and children dealing with any kind of grief.

Held at Friendship Baptist Church in North Memphis, the six-week series will commence on Monday, February 24, 3:30-5:30 pm, and run weekly through March 30. The organizers encourage anyone dealing with loss to attend. Grief support will be available for children and teens, as well as child care for children not participating in the group.

Nelson and the other partners organized the first community grief group sessions last August. Because the series was so popular with neighborhood residents, the team decided to host a second round of sessions starting this month with plans to help even more North Memphis residents. Speaking to Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee late last month, Nelson explained why it’s so important to help children learn to handle grief. She said that, no matter the loss, children need positive ways to express their emotions and to connect with others: “We can talk about the memory of the person, and we can create space in the community to talk about it, so that we don’t grieve in isolation.”

For more information on the program, visit the Universal Parenting Places Facebook page.