Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Rainbows is an international, not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
My oldest son's teacher recommended this program through his school just after we lost Nicholas. He would meet with a facilitator and other children experiencing crisis once a week and talk about their feelings, do crafts and just hang out. Evan was always very excited about attending these groups and for that, I was thankful.
Yesterday, the Rainbows Group had a "Celebrate Me" day at school and invited parents to attend. I went and was appreciative of what I saw. Although the group was big, there was a definite sense of calm and happiness among the children. An understanding that everyone there was there because they were experiencing scary feelings or events in their lives that were somewhat similar. They were understood. They were not alone.
What an amazing concept. The work that the Rainbows Organization does to assist children through tragic times is amazing. Often, a different venue, a different outlet, is what these children need in order to feel comfortable sharing their feelings. I am thankful that we were pointed in this direction for Evan. I support this organization wholeheartedly.