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Community Programs: Grief Support & Awareness


Comfort Zone strives to create responsive programming that meets youth where they are on their grief journey.  In addition to 3-day Weekend Camps, Family Programs, and Partnership Programs, this year Comfort Zone introduced Community Programs.  Young people spend the majority of their waking hours at school; school is a place of learning and development, but it can also be a stressful environment for grieving young people.  The Community Program brings together students, teachers, parents, and administrators to explore the experience of loss in the school setting, and offers opportunities for the community to better understand grief.


The inaugural Community Program was created in partnership with a Comfort Zone volunteer and former camper, Maddie Bruster.  She saw the need for grief support at her school, James River High School, and worked with staff to tailor the program to the students and faculty in her community.  The program, entitled “Living with Grief”, was held after school in the high school cafeteria and auditorium.  It began with a “story share” from a fellow student – he talked about the death of his parent, and how grief affected his time at school.  Program participants and volunteers talked about their own experiences with loss, and how to best support others in their grief.  The evening concluded with a roundtable conversation about Action Items that participants could take back to their friends, classrooms, and schools to better support grieving youth.


The second Community Program was held on December 13th at Weymouth High School in Weymouth, MA - volunteers, students, parents, and teachers gathered to engage in community-building and awareness around the effects of grief in their school.  The Community Program provided participants with a safe space for grievers and supporters to share, learn, and connect.  Comfort Zone will continue to offer Community Programs in 2018; staff and volunteers are excited to create grief-inclusive spaces at schools and in the communities we serve. 

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