SAY Grief Services

SAY offers support groups and workshops on school campuses and during after school programs for youth grieving a death or other major loss.

Our groups are age-specific and customized to the unique emotional and developmental needs of participants. With the support of professional mental health clinicians, youth are able to express their grief in their own time and in a way that is uniquely their own. Our therapeutic use of expressive arts provides the non-verbal tools for rich and honest communication about self and feelings.  Participants are provided a safe space where they can share their unique stories and memories while deepening their common connections with peers.

School-based Grief Services

SAY is proud to have received a grant which has allowed us to expand our services into several Sonoma County schools. The New York Life Foundation grant allowed us to provide in-school support to youth experiencing grief related to the death of a loved one. SAY has implemented grief support groups on 5 campuses for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic school years.  In addition to grief groups for youth, educational support regarding grief is provided to parents and caregivers. School staff receive training and education on how to identify and support a grieving student. These services have been provided at no cost to the individual school sites or districts.

Current Sonoma County school campuses: Sonoma Valley High, Sassarini Elementary, El Verano Elementary, Hillcrest Middle, and Albert Biella Elementary.

2019-2020 Grief & Loss Services

SAY Grief & Loss Services is proud to have received a grant which has allowed us to expand our services across Sonoma County during 2019-2020. This grant from the American Red Cross will allow us to provide support groups and workshops on school campuses and during after school programs like Boys & Girls Club.  These services will provide education and support to youth experiencing grief related to the death of a loved one.  Groups will also be open to youth coping with other major losses such as separation from a caregiver due to divorce, addiction issues, deportation or incarceration as well as home or pet loss.  These losses are often part of the long term aftermath of a community trauma like the wildfires as families experience increased stress on already limited resources.  In addition to grief and loss services for youth, the funding provided by American Red Cross will support the psychoeducation of staff at child/youth service providers and schools around issues of grief and loss, developmental responses and ways to support children and youth.  These services will be provided at no cost to the individual school sites or districts.

Current services at these locations: Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club at Maxwell Clubhouse, Altimira MS the Club Teen Center, and at the following Sonoma County Library Branches: Central Santa Rosa Library, Healdsburg Regional Library, Petaluma Regional Library, Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, and Sebastopol Regional Library.

 

*This 2017 California Wildfire recovery project was funded in part by a grant from the American Red Cross. 

For more information, or to schedule a visit to SAY Grief Services, please contact us:

SAY Grief Services Staff Contacts:

Photo of Natalie Evans, Registered Associate CSW #90001
Natalie Evans, Registered Associate CSW #90001 Grief Services Coordinator Supervised by Heather Dunn, LCSW #26006 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x234 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910

Location:

2447 Summerfield Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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