A Family Orientation is required to enroll in Good Grief’s programs, and is arranged by appointment on an individual basis for each family. Orientations are typically held on weekdays in the late afternoon and early evening, though other times can be arranged if necessary.
What to Expect at the Orientation
The orientation takes place in our Orientation Room and usually lasts for one hour. The orientation provides an opportunity for families to see our home and learn about what happens on a Night of Support. It is also a time when families can share their story and memories about the person who has died. Each family member is invited to make a leaf to place on our Memory Tree to honor the person who died. The goal of the orientation is to ensure all family members become comfortable with Good Grief and know that it is a safe and welcoming space.
Your First Night of Support
Attending the first Night of Support can be somewhat intimidating and stressful for a family since it is an entirely new experience with new people. The Good Grief staff does our best to make families feel completely comfortable, confident and welcome by introducing new families to their peers and group facilitators. You don’t have to worry about dinner either! We provide pizza and beverages for the whole family. Though many families arrive on their first night feeling anxious, they usually leave with a smile on their face having experienced the loving and supportive community of Good Grief!