HopeWest hold grief counseling sessions for youth in-person again


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- HopeWest has been serving Western Colorado for decades – providing emotional support to deal with grief. The grief program has long lasting impacts.

Some people who were once clients of grief counseling are now paying it forward to others.

“I got to talk to other children who are experiencing similar things to me, learn good coping mechanisms, and how and why things are happening it in a safe place,” Zoe Shanahan shares.

The nonprofit’s focus is on the well-being of kids and families. Being in person means continuing creative coping sessions within counseling, like HopeWest’s mask program

“Whether the session is online or in person, HopeWest just want to create a safe place for people to tell their story, understand her grief, and just have someone to talk to,” Cora Dickey reports.

Every child copes with grief differently through the stages of youth. HopeWest wants to be ready for every person seeking help, no matter the approach.

“Those telehealth options will stay in place for us so it’s an added piece of our program,” Joni Beckner assures, “What we love to do and what is I think the most powerful work is in person and so to provide these kids with an opportunity to be together to learn from each other face-to-face in each others presence is always amazing.”

HopeWest has five locations across the Western Slope, serving hundreds of youth and families. A series of grief counseling services will kickstart this summer including equine therapy, then workshop sessions during the next school year.

Spots are limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Current groups with openings are as follows:

Grand Junction:
Suicide Loss for Teens: July 15 – Aug. 5, Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Coping for Middle Schoolers: July 13 – Aug. 3, Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Creative Coping group: Elementary: June 14 – July 26, Mondays
Equine Therapy for Teens: Aug. 9 – Sept. 20, Mondays

For more information or to register for any of these groups, please call (970) 245-5377

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