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​​Who?  Any Montgomery County elementary, middle school, or high school student who has experienced the death of a significant person in his/her life either recently, or years ago.  Students may participate in a Good Grief Club more than once.

What? Support group co-facilitated by a trained Hospice Caring, Inc. volunteer and a school counselor or partner organization representative. Curriculum includes:

  •  Experiential Activities
  •  Expressive Arts​
  •  Guided Conversation


When? The school or partner organization determines the day and time the group meets. Sessions run for 7 weeks.  

Where? Sessions are conducted in schools and other community facilities throughout Montgomery County.

Why? Students will (based on age and developmental stage):

  •  Learn that he/she is not alone
  •  Connect with grieving peers
  •  Be better able to discuss grief and loss
  •  Gain new skills to manage feelings
  •  Identify people he/she can turn to


How?The Good Grief Club is possible through a partnership between Hospice Caring, Inc. and  Montgomery County schools and
​community- based organizations.  Hospice Caring, Inc. provides the curriculum, a  trained volunteer facilitator, materials, and all handouts and forms. The school or community-based organization staff identifies at least four students who could benefit from the program and secures parental permission for them to participate. They also schedule the meeting times during the school day or after school and are present as a co-facilitator for all sessions.


Getting Started
To learn more or schedule a Good Grief Club at your school or community- based organization, please contact Gilly Cannon, Director of Children's Bereavement Services, at 301-990-8904 or
gillyc@hospicecaring.org.  




​​​​​​​Tips for Supporting Children who are Grieving 

Tip Sheet English | Tip Sheet Spanish | Tip Sheet French | Tip Sheet Amharic



​​Hospice Caring, Inc., in partnership with the City of Rockville, Family Services, Inc., the Mental Health Association, and the YMCA Youth and Family Services, is broadening  the Good Grief Club program to provide support to children and families in many of the languages spoken in Montgomery County.  This expansion is generously funded by the New York Life Foundation.

Good Grief Club


A Good Grief Club is a 7- week school or community-based support group for students who are grieving.

​​​​​​​​​​Contact Gilly at 301-990-8904 or gillyc@hospicecaring.org to register