RAINBOWS was created to provide children with an opportunity for healing to take place after a painful loss. This is done through the peer support groups (not individual counselling) which provide an opportunity for those grieving to share their feelings in an environment supported by a trained, caring and compassionate adult.
When a change takes place in the family, whether it is a death, divorce, separation or abandonment, it has a profound effect on all the members of the family.
Grieving is a natural process that comes from the emotional loss. If grief is not dealt with at the appropriate time, it may be repressed or even become chronic. When grief does not have the opportunity to be resolved it can become debilitating and even destructive. It is an expression of love. It is a normal human reaction to a significant loss.
Frequently, people are not able to express their grief verbally. Instead it can surface in their behaviour, academic performance, and their physical and emotional well-being. Young people are not always able to express their feelings in words. Their parents are suffering as well, and may be unable to support them in the immediate aftermath of loss.
Consequently, grieving children and teenagers need to have a caring adult to guide them through their grief. Even those who appear to be coping are often struggling inside with the churning, conflicting emotions of grief. The bereaved need someone they can trust and to whom they can talk; someone who will listen to their story while guiding them through the grief process.
At St. Josephs our support group will meet every Wednesday. The session will begin at 3.20pm and end at 4.00pm.
There will also be a special ' Celebrate Me' day at the end of The School Year, where parents, children and staff will get together and enjoy a wonderful day out together.