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National Alliance for Grieving Children – Holiday Toolkit

National Alliance for Grieving Children - Holiday Toolkit

Supporting Grieving Children During the Season of Family

The season that begins Thanksgiving and continues through the New Year could be called the “season of family.” During this time of year, regardless of which holidays you celebrate, what faith or culture you honor, there is an emphasis on family – a heightened awareness of the importance of family while we gather and celebrate.

The reverse is also true, there is a heightened awareness of those missing, those not at the table or at the special gathering.

It is important we recognize and honor our traditions and celebrate family while honoring the loved shared and memories of family members that have died. The “Season of Family” provides us an opportunity to celebrate and remember those loved ones who have been important to us.

During the season, we have an opportunity to decide as family units to hold on to past traditions that have been important to us, to let go of the traditions that are no longer feasible, and to create new traditions that honor the past as well as move us forward as a family. This holiday toolkit is provided with the hopes it will provide ideas and inspiration for families to celebrate loved ones, those present and those who have died.

We hope together your family will create conversations and activities to honor the holiday season and your loved ones. Please join NAGC as together we celebrate the “SEASON OF FAMILY.”

Download the Holiday Toolkit (PDF)


Grieving children are vastly overlooked

Children dealing with grief.

Grieving children are vastly overlooked—both in society at large and in schools in particular. It costs $500 per child to sponsor them through one camp session, an 8 week program. This Fall's camp session has the largest group of children to date and we are at max capacity. Our services are in high demand. To continue to provide support for children and families that are experiencing grief, we need our communities help.

Estimates are that:

  • 1 in 5 school-aged children experiences the death of a loved one
  • 1 in 20 experience the death of a parent or sibling by high school
  • 7 in 10 teachers report have grieving students in their classroom

Why Adam's Place?

Adam's Place provides 8 sessions of coping skills, education and support for children and teens through out the school year at no cost to the family.

What does Adam's Place provide?

We coordinate our eight sessions into two programs: fall camp and winter camp. The bonds created with peers - coping - skills acquired and confidence gained help Adam's Place kids to increase school attendance and performance. Adam's Place has been providing support group programs since 2009.

How do I refer families or sign up for my own family?

  • Go to our website: AdamsPlaceLV.org.
  • Follow the easy steps to submit the family form and sign up for orientation.

Can I volunteer?

How else can I help?

  • Make a donation through our website today!!! Help us sustain programs for children in Clark County today and in the future.
  • Like us on Facebook.
  • Watch for our upcoming special fundraising events.
  • Watch for our upcoming special fundraising events - November 30th: Concert for Kids Camp, details below.

Warmest regards,

Kelly Thomas Boyers, MBA

Adam's Place - AdamsPlaceLV.org
National Alliance for Grieving Children -  ChildrenGrieve.org
Coalition to Support Grieving Students - GrievingStudents.org

Help us make our Fall and Winter grief camps possible.

Every child should have a chance to go to camp. Children who have lost their Mom, Dad, Brother or Sister and are now having to deal with grief at such a young age. No child should grieve alone. Join us to make support possible.

Scars on 45

We will be rockin’ out with Scars on 45, an indie rock band from Bradford England.

VH1 named the band a “You Oughta Know Artist” leading to a national TV performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Their songs have been featured in several television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “CSI: NY” and “Pretty Little Liars” among others.

Space is limited for this intimate concert - buy your tickets today.

Event Details

Event Sponsor: $1,000 (Includes two tickets and a Meet & Greet with the band!)
Individual Tickets: $75

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30th, 2017
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Doors Open at 5pm | Enjoy Music, Chili & Hot Chocolate | Cash Bar

Location: Las Vegas Country Club
3000 Joe W Brown Dr., Las Vegas, NV  89109
Concert will be held on the patio.

Purchase Tickets/Sponsorships:

Mail a check:
Adam's Place | 601 S. Rancho Dr., Bldg. C, Suite 19, Las Vegas, NV  89106

Purchase Online: Order Tickets Here

Questions: Contact Kelly Boyers or call 702-581-8150

Thank you to our event partners:

Welcome to our new volunteer facilitator class members!

UNLV is hosting their annual Boo Bash!

Boo Bash 2017

This is a free, fun Halloween event for area families that includes trick-or-treating, a magical maze, and carnival games. Families with children ages 10 years and younger.

4pm - 8pm

UNLV Student Union Ballroom
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV - near UNLV Transit Center

For additional information: www.facebook.com/BooBash.UNLV

Congratulations to Deborah, a friend of Adam's Place, on her book launch last week!

From Deborah:

It’s my story of losing my son Jason at age 24 and the grief I experienced and how I dealt with his loss.  It’s also a book of hope and how to move forward. My goal is to help parents through their journey of the loss of their child.

Here’s How YOU can HELP: Purchase + Share! You will be making a difference by supporting a local charity for grief counseling!!

#KeepVegasStrong

PURCHASE NOW

Warm Regards,
Deborah Danielson, CFP®, MSFS


Concert for Kid’s Camps

Scars on 45

Help us make our Fall and Winter grief camps possible.

Every child should have a chance to go to camp.

Children who have lost their Mom, Dad, Brother or Sister and are now having to deal with grief at such a young age.

No child should grieve alone. Join us to make support possible.

Scars on 45

We will be rockin’ out with Scars on 45, an indie rock band from Bradford England.

VH1 named the band a “You Oughta Know Artist” leading to a national TV performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Their songs have been featured in several television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “CSI: NY” and “Pretty Little Liars” among others.

Space is limited for this intimate concert - buy your tickets today.

Event Details

Event Sponsor: $1,000 (Includes two tickets and a Meet & Greet with the band!)
Individual Tickets: $75

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30th, 2017
Time: 5pm - 8pm

Doors Open at 5pm | Enjoy Music, Chili & Hot Chocolate | Cash Bar

Location:

Las Vegas Country Club
3000 Joe W Brown Dr., LV, NV 89109

Concert will be held on the patio

Purchase Tickets/Sponsorships using the form below or mail a check to:

Adam's Place
601 S. Rancho Dr.
Bldg. C, Suite 19
Las Vegas, NV  89106

For questions contact Kelly Boyers or call 702-581-8150

Thank you to our event partner:

Scars on 45 - Take You Home

Become a Concert of Hope sponsor or buy your ticket today!

Order Tickets Here

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The School Year Can Be Hard for Children Dealing With Grief, Adam’s Place Can Help

Children dealing with grief.

Imagine being a student who has experienced the death of a loved one and is still expected to focus, perform, and be social. Sometimes in a school setting, children with loss want to remain anonymous and fit in, but many are in need of support, time, and compassion. Here are some simple hints that may be beneficial to students, professionals, and other family members after loss:

Begin with You

Any effort to assist others should begin with reflection on your own needs and intentions.  Taking care of oneself is the first step in helping others.

Routine and Ritual Helps

Maintain structure and schedule. Children benefit from being able to count on some things staying the same after a loss.

Talk About It (simply and honestly)

Children benefit from honest, clear, and age appropriate information.  Difficult experiences can also be teachable moments. Often children want to talk but may need an invitation or an example.

Why Adam's Place?

Grieving children are vastly overlooked—both in society at large and in schools in particular.

Estimates are that:

  • 1 in 5 school-aged children experiences the death of a loved one
  • 1 in 20 experience the death of a parent or sibling by high school
  • 7 in 10 teachers report have grieving students in their classroom

What does Adam's Place provide?

Adam's Place provides 8 sessions of coping skills, education and support for children and teens through out the school year at no cost to the family. We coordinate our eight sessions into two programs: fall camp and winter camp. The bonds created with peers - coping - skills acquired and confidence gained help Adam's Place kids to increase school attendance and performance. Adam's Place has been providing support group programs since 2009.

How do I refer families or sign up for my own family?

• Go to our website: adamsplacelv.org. Follow the easy steps to submit the family form and sign up for orientation.
• Our fall orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Limited space available - sign up today.

Can I volunteer?

• Yes! Submit a volunteer application through our website.
• Our next facilitator training is Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00am - 3:00pm.

How else can I help?

• Make a donation through our website today!!! Help us sustain programs for children in Clark County today and in the future.
• Like us on Facebook.
• Watch for our upcoming special fundraising events.

Warmest regards,

Kelly Thomas Boyers, MBA

Adam's Place www.adamsplacelv.org
National Alliance for Grieving Children www.childrengrieve.org
Coalition to Support Grieving Students www.grievingstudents.org

Our very own Peyton Barsel with State Senator Scott Hammond in Carson City.

Peyton, her mother Kelly Knight, and Kelly Boyers, our founder, testified to get bill SB355 passed. The bill did pass and became law on July 1st, 2017. This bill creates a "Grief Support Trust Account" for children's support group programs. We also want to thank the Clark County Coroner and State Senator Richard Segerblom for their support.

Read more about Peyton's story...

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Why Adam’s Place?

Why Adam's Place? Loss is all too common during childhood. In the United States, approximately one in 20 children will lose a parent by the time they reach 16 years of age and the vast majority of children experience a significant loss by the time they complete high school.

Why Adam's Place?

Grieving children are vastly overlooked—both in society at large and in schools in particular. Teachers’ and classmates’ responses to a student’s grief can either serve as a source of support and stability during a difficult time, or as an additional hurdle to surmount. Moreover, grief can have a serious impact on learning for school-age children; bereavement can manifest itself in decreased academic performance, social withdrawal, and behavioral problems.

What does Adam's Place provide?

Adam's Place provides 8 sessions of coping skills, education and support for children and teens through out the school year at no cost to the family. We coordinate our eight sessions into two programs: fall camp and winter camp. The bonds created with peers - coping - skills acquired and confidence gained help Adam's Place kids to increase school attendance and performance. Adam's Place has been providing support group programs since 2009.

How do I refer families or sign up for my own family?

  • Go to our website: AdamsPlaceLV.org. Follow the easy steps to submit the family form and sign up for orientation.
  • Our fall orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Limited space available - sign up today.

Can I volunteer?

How else can I help?

  • Make a donation through our website today!!! Help us sustain programs for children in Clark County today and in the future.
  • Like us on Facebook.
  • Watch for our upcoming special fundraising events.

A HUGE THANK YOU from our hearts to yours. You have made it possible for our work to be done: supporting children, teens and families coping with grief. No child should grieve alone.

Warmest regards,

Kelly Thomas Boyers, MBA

Dear Daddy,

I really miss you. These pictures are silly and they remind me of when you let me wear your clothes. I go to Adam's Place now and it's really fun. It helps me not feel sad anymore. I love you very much daddy.

Love,
Colt

 

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A Few Adam's Place Photos