Peer support for teens in grades 7 to 12.
Common Ground is a multi-week evening group for teens in grades 7-12 that offers a safe place for participants to explore their grief experiences with peers.
What is Common Ground?
Common Ground is a multi-week evening group for teens in grades 7-12. It offers a safe place for participants to explore their grief experiences with peers.
Our evening grief groups typically involve 5-10 individuals meeting with 1-2 professional counsellors specializing in helping families with children and teens adjust to changes in their lives when someone close to them has died.
All grief groups begin with all participants, counsellors, and volunteers sharing a prepared dinner before the session commences. Every week, our counsellors explore different grief-related topics through discussion and interactive activities.
- Topics of discussion may include what grief is and its holistic impact, coping strategies, memory sharing, and both immediate and long-term family changes resulting from loss.
- Common Ground activities may include journaling and creative writing, group discussions, and a memory-sharing night.
Why Peer-to-Peer Connection
Grief is how we respond when we experience loss. Grief is complicated, and there is no one way to experience it. Even members of the same family can grieve differently. Connecting with others can reduce the sense of isolation and feeling of loneliness that often come with grief.
Accessible to All
Group fees are on a sliding scale based on family income. No one is refused service because of an inability to pay.