Journey of Hope Grief Support Center

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center www.johgriefsupport.org The Journey of Hope Grief Support Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing group grief support to children, adolescents, and their parents or adult caregivers who have lost a loved one to death.
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Thank you Kathryn for donating special feelings books, workbooks, and stuffed animals in memory of your brother 💜“As an ...
05/03/2021

Thank you Kathryn for donating special feelings books, workbooks, and stuffed animals in memory of your brother 💜

“As an Usborne consultant I knew this was the PERFECT way to give back to those going through their journey in grief. In honor of my brother, Evan, who completed su***de at the age of 12, I wanted to reach young children who were hurting, lost, lonely, and feeling those strong and painful emotions to help ease that suffering just a little bit, as well as give children some tools to channel those emotions into something positive. I know the children you work with at Journey of Hope will benefit from such items.”

Thank you to Delta Kappa Gamma- Gamma Nu and our friends at New York Life for sponsoring the March & April Support Packs...
04/30/2021

Thank you to Delta Kappa Gamma- Gamma Nu and our friends at New York Life for sponsoring the March & April Support Packs! These packs included special crafts to help us explore our grief feelings. We provided materials to create one of our favorite group activities, the Support Pot, and provided families with sunflower seeds as a symbol of their love for the person who died 💜

Thank you to Ecosafe Pest Control for supporting Journey of Hope by giving back 10% of proceeds on services for new cust...
04/23/2021

Thank you to Ecosafe Pest Control for supporting Journey of Hope by giving back 10% of proceeds on services for new customers who mention the code "Hope" when they schedule their service. What a great way for people who are looking for pest control services to help Journey of Hope at the same time, at no cost to them!
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Thank you to Ecosafe Pest Control for supporting Journey of Hope by giving back 10% of proceeds on services for new customers who mention the code "Hope" when they schedule their service. What a great way for people who are looking for pest control services to help Journey of Hope at the same time, at no cost to them!
#giveback

04/22/2021
18th Annual Swing Fore Hope Golf Tournament

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 18th Annual Swing Fore Hope Golf Tournament on April 8th. We had a great turnout and look forward to seeing you, and others, at our event next year!

Thank You to Our Sponsors:
The Hicks Group - Cardinal Financial Company LP.
Peter R. Gottlieb
Safe Hands Insurance Services
Make 5 dinners in ONE hour
Summit Financial Group, Inc.
Origin Bank
Guy Arnold
D's Christmas Lights
Transformative Marketing Solutions, LLC
The Burns Firm, Ltd.
Reliable Chevrolet
PGA TOUR Superstore
Lawyers Title Preston Plano
New Country 96.3
Sportsradio 96.7 & 1310 The Ticket
Wheat-Givens Financial, LLC

Join Journey as we celebrate and thank our volunteers for Volunteer Appreciation Week!Our volunteers are committed to su...
04/20/2021

Join Journey as we celebrate and thank our volunteers for Volunteer Appreciation Week!
Our volunteers are committed to supporting grieving children in North Texas and we are so grateful for their compassion and dedication to our families, especially throughout this year of change 💜

"We first need to get a sense of the scope of our national grief. Researchers are just beginning to count the bereaved, ...
04/12/2021
Opinion | The Grief Crisis Is Coming

"We first need to get a sense of the scope of our national grief. Researchers are just beginning to count the bereaved, and while current estimates suggest five million Americans have lost a loved one to Covid-19, the final tally is likely to be much larger."

For each person who dies of Covid-19, experts say there are at least nine newly bereaved. We must begin to address the toll.

In March, Journey of Hope partnered with the ArtCentre of Plano to host our first Heart Art Show. We invited our familie...
03/31/2021

In March, Journey of Hope partnered with the ArtCentre of Plano to host our first Heart Art Show. We invited our families to create "Heart Art" in memory of their loved ones or to represent their grief journey. Thank you to the Journey Families who shared their creations with our community 💜

We still have some slots available! Registration ends tomorrow at midnight! Come join us on April 8th and Swing Fore Hop...
03/29/2021

We still have some slots available! Registration ends tomorrow at midnight! Come join us on April 8th and Swing Fore Hope!
www.birdease.com/swingforehope

This week in group, we read Where Do They Go by Julia Alvarez. This book helps us think about what happens after a perso...
03/25/2021

This week in group, we read Where Do They Go by Julia Alvarez. This book helps us think about what happens after a person dies and how we can still feel connected to them. As a family, draw a picture of all the ways you feel your loved one in your hearts!

This week in group, we read Where Do They Go by Julia Alvarez. This book helps us think about what happens after a person dies and how we can still feel connected to them. As a family, draw a picture of all the ways you feel your loved one in your hearts!

Visit the ArtCentre of Plano this week to view Heart Art created by Journey of Hope families in memory of their loved on...
03/22/2021

Visit the ArtCentre of Plano this week to view Heart Art created by Journey of Hope families in memory of their loved ones! During the pandemic, it’s been challenging for grieving families to find connection and ways to honor their loved ones. Join us on Sunday, March 28th 2pm-4pm to add your heart art to the gallery and know that you are not alone in your grief journey 💜

03/17/2021
www.highmarkcaringplace.com

Thank you Jonathan Williams from Highmark Caring Place for sharing how grief is portrayed in WandaVision!

There are spoilers for those who have not watched the series!

"What is grief, if not love persevering?"

Join us on April 8th at The Tribute at The Colony Golf Club! Register today at www.johgolf.com
03/12/2021

Join us on April 8th at The Tribute at The Colony Golf Club! Register today at www.johgolf.com

Join us on April 8th at The Tribute at The Colony Golf Club! Register today at www.johgolf.com

Our January and February support packs were full of love! We are thankful for our friends at New York Life and our gener...
03/10/2021

Our January and February support packs were full of love! We are thankful for our friends at New York Life and our generous donors who helped us fill these packs with activities and crafts to remember our love for the person who died in our family and to help us better understand all our grief emotions 💜

Our January and February support packs were full of love! We are thankful for our friends at New York Life and our generous donors who helped us fill these packs with activities and crafts to remember our love for the person who died in our family and to help us better understand all our grief emotions 💜

“Sometimes grief looks like this.” Thank you Nora McInerny for sharing how our children’s grief can pop up in so many un...
03/05/2021

“Sometimes grief looks like this.”

Thank you Nora McInerny for sharing how our children’s grief can pop up in so many unexpected ways throughout their lives.

Sometimes grief looks like this.

Ralph is 8 and just lost his first tooth. He needed his big brother to pull it out, but all it took was a gentle nudge and it was out.

Ralph brought it to me, triumphant in the accomplishment and absolutely gassed up on the profit margin of exchanging a face bone for cash in a nighttime deal with an invisible stranger. His Matty Daddy gave him hugs and high fives, his siblings helped him find a place to store it for the tooth fairy.

By bedtime, he was weeping. “Papa isn’t here to see my tooth,” he cried to me, “I want him to see my tooth.”

Me too, buddy. Me, too.

We remember those who have died from COVID-19 and acknowledge the grief experiences of all who have been impacted by the...
03/02/2021

We remember those who have died from COVID-19 and acknowledge the grief experiences of all who have been impacted by the pandemic. We encourage you to take pause this month as we continue to navigate our grief journeys and overwhelming emotions.

We remember those who have died from COVID-19 and acknowledge the grief experiences of all who have been impacted by the pandemic. We encourage you to take pause this month as we continue to navigate our grief journeys and overwhelming emotions.

Join us at our 18th annual golf tournament! Register today!www.johgolf.com
02/23/2021
Journey of Hope Grief Support Center

Join us at our 18th annual golf tournament! Register today!
www.johgolf.com

The best support we can give to grieving children is to provide opportunities to connect with others who are experiencing something similar. At Journey of Hope, we believe no child should have to grieve alone. Join us at Swing Fore Hope so you can support families who are grieving and ensure that no...

Today we are sharing some of our favorite books to help kids talk about their big grief feelings and books to help us re...
02/14/2021

Today we are sharing some of our favorite books to help kids talk about their big grief feelings and books to help us remember our loved ones and all the ways we loved each other 💜

What‘s your favorite grief book that helps your family remember your loved one?

The sisters from Creatures Against Cancer put together goodie bags for our families! These thoughtfully curated bags inc...
02/10/2021

The sisters from Creatures Against Cancer put together goodie bags for our families! These thoughtfully curated bags included fun activities, items for healthy coping, and encouraging words.

Thank you Camille, Chloe, and Juliet for your generous donations!

The sisters from Creatures Against Cancer put together goodie bags for our families! These thoughtfully curated bags included fun activities, items for healthy coping, and encouraging words.

Thank you Camille, Chloe, and Juliet for your generous donations!

It's School Counselor Appreciation Week, we want to thank all the school counselors who are supporting grieving students...
02/05/2021
Home Page - Coalition to Support Grieving Students

It's School Counselor Appreciation Week, we want to thank all the school counselors who are supporting grieving students and their families!

We have shared space with over 250 school counselors in the past few years to learn how to support grieving students. Here's a few resources to send to your child's school counselor:
https://grievingstudents.org/

https://www.newyorklifestore.com/NYL2/Browse/SCHOOLS

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students was convened by the New York Life Foundation, a pioneering advocate for the cause of childhood bereavement, and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, which is led by pediatrician and childhood bereavement expert David J. Schonfeld, M.D. The...

Today Journey of Hope held a Stuffed Animal Drive Thru for our families! It was so nice to safely connect with our famil...
01/31/2021

Today Journey of Hope held a Stuffed Animal Drive Thru for our families! It was so nice to safely connect with our families and see their excitement as they carefully selected their special friend 💜

Thank you to our generous donors who helped make this event possible:
First United Methodist Church Plano
Grace Avenue United Methodist Church Frisco
Allen Kiwanis Club
First Christian Church of Garland
Kathleen Bedard
Katie and Will Broyles
Kay and Ed Frantz
Lydia McMahon
Maritza Casteñeda
Patricia Berhow
Plano Kiwanis Club
Suzanne Betterley

Here are four tips for talking with children about the death of a loved one from COVID. Dr. Shannon Curry encourages fam...
01/30/2021
How to talk to kids about losing a loved one to COVID-19

Here are four tips for talking with children about the death of a loved one from COVID. Dr. Shannon Curry encourages families to be succinct and honest when sharing information. She also highlights the importantce of normalizing the many grief emotions they might experience and the expression of those feelings, like with crying.

A psychologist shares 4 tips to make this difficult conversation easier for parents.

Join us in thanking Journey of Hope's Board of Directors! We are so grateful for their work and dedication to Journey as...
01/28/2021

Join us in thanking Journey of Hope's Board of Directors! We are so grateful for their work and dedication to Journey as they continue to advocate for grieving families in North Texas.

Thank you 💜

As we close this week of sharing information about anticipatory grief and supporting families who have a loved one with ...
01/22/2021

As we close this week of sharing information about anticipatory grief and supporting families who have a loved one with an advanced serious illness, we wanted to share about our Wave Support Group.

Journey of Hope has created a safe place for families to talk about their experiences and find space for comfort and processing. Our virtual groups meet twice a month and are open to children and their families who have a loved one with an advanced serious illness. Please share this support group with families who may benefit from being with others and finding support 💜

Families who have a loved one with an advanced serious illness are experiencing many changes in their identity, with the...
01/21/2021

Families who have a loved one with an advanced serious illness are experiencing many changes in their identity, with their loved one, within their home, and in many other areas of life. When we see our loved ones struggling, we naturally want to help them. But with so many changes, it can be hard to answer the question of "what can I do?"

We encourage family and friends who are helping a family to think of specific ways to support. For example: I can pick up the kids from school one day a week and help with homework and dinner or I will sit with our loved one for a couple of hours while you take care of other needs.

It's also helpful to create safety in the relationship by listening, respecting their feelings, and providing comfort. We might have to go against our natural desires to fix or solve a problem, because often families just need someone to listen.

What are other ways you can support a family who has a loved one with an advanced serious illness?

When you have a loved one with an advanced serious illness, there is often very little time for self-care. The days are ...
01/20/2021

When you have a loved one with an advanced serious illness, there is often very little time for self-care. The days are filled with the rollercoaster emotions, navigating the many changes, and spending time with your loved one and family.

We encourage caregivers and children to find small moments for self-care. This can be self-care in the traditional sense of taking care of basic needs, movement, or taking time to do something special. This can also mean leaning into the rollercoaster of emotions: allowing yourself to feel how you need to feel and find safe space with others to express it and get support.

Children may have many questions as they navigate the changes in their loved one's health, changes in home routine, and the many emotions and thoughts about what might happen. Spend time brainstorming coping skills to help when the feelings get really big and overwhelming.

There are many emotions connected to anticipatory grief. The expression of these feelings are unique depending on a pers...
01/19/2021

There are many emotions connected to anticipatory grief. The expression of these feelings are unique depending on a person’s coping style, mental health, and personality. All of these feelings are normal, even though they are so painful. It’s also ok for sadness, guilt, and relief to co-exist when your loved one is very sick.

Children may express their emotions in a different way than adults, sometimes in short bursts or in unexpected times. Some children may not have the words to describe how they are feeling or they feel like no one will understand. Listen to the child’s questions as that will give insight into their emotions and their worries!

We encourage families to honor their emotions and the vulnerabilities that come with feeling so deeply. Ignoring the feelings will only work short-term. Find safe spaces and people to talk to, express your feelings through tears, do something tangible like walking or writing, or listen to music and let it all out.

This week, Journey of Hope is sharing resources and information for families who have a loved one with an advanced serio...
01/18/2021

This week, Journey of Hope is sharing resources and information for families who have a loved one with an advanced serious illness:

Anticipatory grief is a normal response someone might experience when a loved one has an advanced serious illness and the prognosis is death. There are many thoughts and feelings each family member might experience, including grieving the loss of the future, your person’s cognition and independence, your identity, your family’s traditions and rituals, and what life used to be before the illness.

Join us each day as we share more about anticipatory grief and how to support families who are on this journey.

What does your grief look like today?Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how we feel and pictures can help grieving ch...
01/15/2021

What does your grief look like today?

Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how we feel and pictures can help grieving children make sense of those emotions and provide opportunities for connection and communication!

Thank you the the Disciple Women’s Ministry at First Christian Church Garland for their donation of stuffed animals!! He...
01/04/2021

Thank you the the Disciple Women’s Ministry at First Christian Church Garland for their donation of stuffed animals!!

Help us fill our shelves by clicking the wishlist below to view the stuffed animals and program materials needed as we serve grieving children in 2021 💜

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1RO4H4DQBQ1YH?ref_=wl_share

Address

3900 W 15th St, Ste 306
Plano, TX
75075

General information

If you are interested in attending our grief support groups, please contact our office at 972-964-1600. We are happy to answer any questions you have and discuss your wants and needs for support. Executive Director- Susan Williams Program Director- Carla Leslie Admin Assistant- Katie Atkinson

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(972) 964-1600

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