Offered at our Clubhouse in Atlanta and focus directly on teaching communication skills, grief coping strategies and life skills through three initiatives:
(Healing, Understanding and Giving Support) were created for the difficult times of the year when our children and their families need additional support. Holiday H.U.G.S. brings all of the Kate’s Club families together for five holidays: Siblings Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the Winter Holidays.
Monthly support group for surviving parents and caregivers. All Support Services programs feature engaging, fun and therapeutic group activities specially designed to support and empower grieving children and their families.
Clubhouse Program Activities
Here are examples of activities we offer at our Clubhouse Days
The kids are put into five small groups of mixed ages, each with a Buddy leader. They then participate in a scavenger hunt with questions about how their life has changed since the death of their loved-one. Each group will spend 10 to 15 minutes in each of five rooms: Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Dining Room, Bedroom. They will debrief after each room.
We started something new in 2012. We are calling it “Real Time,” and it is an opportunity for kids to experience the importance of taking a moment to center and be aware of their heartbeat, breath and thoughts: a time to "get real." We ask the kids to be still and quiet for about 3 to 7 minutes, and this helps us to shift from the high energy of the lunch break. Out of "Real Time," we begin the afternoon therapeutic groups.
We have art therapy programs designed to meet the needs of each specific age group. For example, the art therapist who works with the Tweens, Middles and Littles, lead them in creating their own superhero that depicts them. The superheroes give them a chance to recognize and share their strengths, especially as related to their responsibilities and grief. The art therapist highlights strengths they have developed since the death of their parent or sibling.
The music therapist leads songs and activities that help the children embrace their grief and encourage open expression of feelings. The children engage in many activities, one of which involves the therapist highlighting ways their role in their family may change or may be changing and encourage them to remember they are still kids. They utilize drumming, team building activities and lyric analysis.
Happy Tails volunteer teams provide physical, social, emotional and cognitive therapy to people of all ages. Most people they visit often focus more on the fun they are having than of the therapeutic benefits they receive. Kate’s Club schedules Happy Tails for our younger members to visit and socialize with the animals, and incorporates a board game called Dog Gone Grief, which assists the children with understanding feelings and emotions related to their loss.
Our returning professional artist volunteers her time working with the kids to help them tell their story in comic strip form.