We provide more than 150 grieving children and youth a year with a safe space to connect with others, tell their stories and express their feelings. The kids in our program have lost parents due to death, incarceration, foster care, domestic violence, and divorce.
We work to create the conditions that allow children to draw strength from each other. The kinds of support and resources we offer have been shown to restore hope and facilitate healing from trauma and grief. The following activities are part of our program:
- Peer to peer support groups during week nights for children and their caregivers
- Weekend mentoring activities that include learning to surf, visiting a kalo patch to work and learn together, learning to play the ukulele, jewelry making, and various crafts
Children need to know they are safe when grief is shared. They feel vulnerable and are sensitive to how others react and to what they say. Grief is very personal. It is a sacred part of who we are and needs to be honored with unconditional acceptance.
The story of grief unfolds in the language of movement and play. Parents and caregivers are sometimes concerned that their children have no initial reactions or visible grief; not realizing that grief shows in their behaviors. Information about loss activates the energy of grief. Children can listen while they move. They may fidget, seem distracted, restless, uninterested, confused, or act out. As the mind struggles to comprehend the incomprehensible (because it is incomprehensible to children that someone they love is gone), the body expresses what the mind cannot explain.
Mahalo for visiting us. We invite you to learn more about how to get involved or contribute to the ongoing success of this not-for-profit by donating to help a grieving child and their family who is struggling with sadness and feelings of isolation.
For additional information, please don’t hesitate to call (808) 545-5683 or email [email protected]too.org.