RAINBOWS and SUNBEAMS
The Goal of Rainbows and Sunbeams is Healing
12 Week Session begins Tuesday, September 11
St. Mary's Parish Center445 Prairie AvenueDowners Grove630-960-3565 X219
The Rainbows Program is for all children who have experienced some loss – either through divorce, the death of a parent, a grandparent, or even the loss of a friend who moved away.
When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. Even though death, divorce or loss appears to be only grown-up problems, they have a profound effect on the children touched by these experiences. Children can find it extremely difficult to verbalize their feelings.
Participants are involved in weekly meetings structured in such a way the participant's story can be shared in a loving and accepting environment. The obvious goal is healthy resolution and healing of the loss experience. Since each person's healing is unique to them, they may participate year after year, for as long as they choose.
Sunbeams is modeled on Rainbows highly successful grief support curricula for older children.
Through Sunbeams, children ages 3-4
will have an opportunity to grieve the loss in their family and develop
appropriate coping mechanisms for life.
As with Rainbows, the Sunbeams process
also involves weekly meetings with a trained Facilitator in small groups
of no more than five children. In the sessions, children have the
opportunity to talk about their feelings and to share their grief in a
safe and supportive environment.
As is true of all of our offerings, Rainbows and Sunbeams are coordinated and facilitated by trained volunteer adults. Our staff of volunteers meet periodically to lend support, review the program, explore ways to improve, and foster healing for its participants.
If you think you are being called to create an environment of trust and love for a young child, please consider becoming a trained facilitator.
Yes! I would like to learn more about Rainbows and/or Sunbeams!