Uplift Center for Grieving Children has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to provide this vital service for children, caregivers, and families. This innovative resource will offer an outlet and support system for students and caregivers struggling at this time. Uplift’s Master’s-level clinicians are staffing the Philly HopeLine, at 833-PHL-HOPE, Mondays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on holidays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Although school has ended for the year, the HopeLine will continue to run throughout the summer.
In addition, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Uplift is providing all of its free grief support services virtually. Family Services grief groups are available to youth aged 5-25, as well as caregivers. Groups address feelings and behaviors that occur when children and families have experienced the death of a close loved one. Groups are also addressing ambiguous loss, defined as “a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding,” as we are all missing friends, school, special events, and so much more during this time.
Tip-sheets for caregivers and helpers, as well as online book readings and activities can be found here.
Uplift’s Post-Crisis Intervention Coordinator is helping schools who have experienced the death of a student or teacher, even while shut down, and is offering support to essential workers and front-line professionals experiencing feelings of stress during this time.
Uplift’s Training Coordinator is providing remote training focused on working with grieving children as well as trauma informed learning and support for children and each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated grief. Uplift is also offering a 6-part webinar series, Support for the Helpers: Moving Through Our Collective Grief & Trauma Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic.