Without question

there is a major crisis when children and families are being divided, unhelped and unhealed.

At Compassion House, we offer children and adults practical programs to give them access to hope, dignity, and emotional healing. We teach people that you can choose your future by how you respond to your past. Bitterness is generally rooted in a sense of powerlessness, so we help people move from this place of indignity and powerlessness to a place where they feel like they have some control over their lives and future.


Our Grief Recovery program is key in this process. It gives people access to crucial life skills that most people didn't receive'practical techniques that reconcile feelings of loss and change.


Compassion House serves a population of people whose lives are filled with life's everyday losses: death of a loved one, divorce, separations, estrangements, financial changes, and health problems.

However, for our children, their grief-losses too often include the loss of biological parents, grandparents, and other relatives. The loss of a familiar home, along with the intangible losses of safety and trust, contribute to a loss of dreams, expectations, and hopes. Their parents and relatives so often suffer what is perhaps the deepest wound they can experience: the loss of their children.


Foster parents, who open their hearts and homes to these children, are too often not equipped with tools to truly help the children in their care. Because over twenty years of research has proven that Grief Recovery skills truly work, we have trained and certified six of our staff members as Grief Recovery Specialists. This represents, by far, the greatest investment of our time and resources into any one program. Why? We are thoroughly convinced that these practical steps help families and children reach emotional completion and wholeness. Participants also acquire a skill set that will enable them to reconcile losses in the future.

' Research has shown that the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder is higher among foster care alumni than it is for war veterans. '


Dr. John Seita,

Professor of Social Work, Michigan State University

'Grievers do not lack courage or willingness. What they lack is helpful information and correct choices.'
- John James, Founder, Grief Recovery Institute


Grief is the word we use for the conflicting emotions caused by a change or end in a familiar pattern of behavior. There are more than 40 events that can create the range of human emotions called grief. Whether the loss was recent or long ago, it may still be limiting one's ability to participate fully in life. Grief Recovery techniques assist in the ultimate journey back to one's heart and ability to embrace life in a positive way.

Myths About Grief:

  • Time heals all wounds
  • Replace the loss
  • Grieve alone
  • Be strong for others
  • Bury your feelings
  • Keep busy

Grief Recovery Seminar

What is the purpose of the Seminar?

To help each participant grieve and complete their relationship to the pain and unfinished business caused by a death, separation due to foster care, divorce, or any other significant emotional loss.

When is it time to do my "grief work"?
How does Grief Recovery differ from therapy?
What are some tipoffs that unresolved grief is the cause of my discomfort?
What is the difference between Grief Recovery and other loss and grief programs?
The Grief Recovery Seminar
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