Every morning across the Rogue Valley a significant number of children and teens wake up with an aching sense of loss because someone they love has died. Maybe the family is in turmoil and the children have lost a sense of stability or safety. Perhaps these kids feel like they have no one to talk with about their feelings. These kids and families overwhelmed by loss often can’t believe healing is possible. When the pain gets bad enough, kids may act out in unhealthy ways. And hopefully the adults in their lives, including teachers, take notice and seek help through WinterSpring. By connecting with WinterSpring, kids can develop healthy coping skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
- And Teen Grief: what to look for, what to do, for a quick guide on teens. For additional resources and links, click here.
We can help: 541-552-0620
As the adult in a child or teen’s life, it’s also important that you understand your own grief, especially if your whole family or community is experiencing the loss. Kids need you as their role models!
OUR REGULAR PROGRAMS:
- CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: A safe place for grieving children ages 6 – 12 (approximately grades K-6) to express their feelings through play and art, sharing and listening that promotes healing, understanding peers, and activities to remember and commemorate their loss.
Meets on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in Medford during the school year (September through June). Children can be added to the program at any time during the school year, depending on enrollment numbers. To learn more about how you can help your child, see “How to be with your grieving child.”
Our Children’s Program also provides support to families, which in turn creates a circle of support for the wider community. For example, three years ago five moms came to us feeling completely broken; each had lost her husband and was raising her kids alone. Because of their participation in our Children’s Program, they have bonded, forming a cohesive circle of support. They still attend our Children’s Program and each one has been able to move forward and help others. All are able to pay it forward. We hope to continue this good work and expand our reach to teens in Jackson County who desperately need our help.
- TEEN PROGRAM: Our school-based teen grief groups are offered on-site at middle and high schools in Jackson County. They are facilitated by trained WinterSpring volunteers and school personnel and typically run eight weeks or are ongoing. Groups are coordinated based on the needs of individual schools. During 2013-2014, we had groups at Ashland High School, Ashland Middle School, North Medford High School, McLoughlin Middle School, South Medford High School, Eagle Point High School, Talent Middle School, and Lithia Springs School. If you are struggling with a grieving teen, see “How to be with a grieving teen.”
Do the grieving kids in your life complain of pain, have on-going illness, inability to focus or concentrate, sleep disturbances, fearfulness, anxiety, and anger? Do they act out at school and express regressive or antisocial behavior?
Grief resurfaces in children and teens as they grow and mature. At WinterSpring, we’re prepared to provide support to these kids as they move through their various stages of development. And if they start with us in Children’s Program, they can move into Teen Program once they get into Middle and High School.
Come join us for adventure at Camp WinterSpring as we explore and heal.
- for students entering 7th-12th grades who have experienced a death.
- $150 for the weekend, includes food, tents and adventure equipment.
- Scholarships available for those who qualify for free/reduced lunch and/or OHP.
- Pre-registration is required.
- Download Enrollment Form and call: 541-552-0620
- Download Permission to use media and Release of Liability Form
Thank you to our supporters! 2015-2016 grant support comes from — United Way, The Ford Family Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, AllCare Health, Care Oregon and Community 101 at Eagle Point High School. Please join with these foundations to help support a child or teen this year by your generous donation — click here.