A few weeks ago our family was able to hook up with an amazing nonprofit organization called Peter's Place -- a Center for Grieving Children and Families. This place is right up our alley. The first time we went for our intake I was drawn in by to bright colors and cool designs.
The center is set up so that children can be in groups together with peers dealing with a similar loss. Madison is in a group of young children all who have loss siblings. Their play area is equipped with all kinds of toys which are great avenues for expressing their grief. They even have a sand box with little wooden caskets -- which some may find disturbing, but it is a great way for children to play out the death of a sibling. Afterall caskets, cremation, graves and funerals are a huge part of their lives and our kids need to know that's ok.
At the same time Madison has group Adam and I are able to sit with other families and talk. Our first group was eye opening -- I never thought I'd been there hearing about others children's deaths and understanding the deep hurt. It was a great oppertunity to just sit and listen and to feel a sense of community -- even if it's a community we never wanted to belong to.