FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 11, 2020
Media Contact: Emily Rothrock Tate
Calm Waters’ Virtual Student Support Groups begin June 22, Currently Accepting Pre-K – 12 Students
Registration Deadline is June 19
Oklahoma City, OK, June 11 – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center offering free grief support services to children and families, will begin a new Virtual Student Support Group series on June 22. Registration is now open and closes June 19. This FREE support group is for any pre-K – 12 student who has experienced a recent death, divorce, deployment, incarceration, deportation and/or foster care/adoption. The Virtual Student Support Group series begins the week of June 22 and ends the last week of July.
Once registered, Calm Waters staff will assign each child to a weekly group based on availability and age. Each group includes up to eight children segmented by developmental age and all sessions are led by a highly trained grief group facilitator.
“The virtual aspect of this support group proved to be more beneficial for my son, he was more open about his feelings because he was talking to a zoom video call instead of a room full of kids,” said AnneMarie Shetley, Calm Waters client and mother of two recent virtual student support group graduates.
Shetley also said “because of Calm Waters’ virtual student support groups, my kids have realized that it’s okay to feel the way they feel, they are not alone and they now have new coping skills to process their big feelings.”
At the end of each support group series, families receive activity kits that include supplies to create memory jars, sensory tools and family photo albums.
The continued goal of Calm Waters’ virtual student support groups is to help children process their feelings and grief experiences and to learn coping skills that can positively impact behavior and achievement and is this program funded in part by the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
About Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provides FREE grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since beginning in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 45,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit Calmwaters.org or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.