As we move past the one-year mark of providing virtual peer grief support to kids, teens, adult family members, and young adults, we are thrilled to announce our plans for returning to in-person groups. This plan is based on state and federal guidance, as well as factors unique to Dougy Center.
One important factor is that of consistency. We know that consistency is beneficial for kids, but especially for those who are grieving. In reopening for in-person groups, we are prioritizing being able to continue to stay open for all of our families. In addition, our plan also takes into account distribution of the vaccine, and the opportunity for all staff, volunteers, and families to be vaccinated before returning in person.
Dougy Center will continue to provide virtual support groups through July 31, and have the option for in-person or virtual groups starting in September. We have found that virtual groups, especially for families in our Pathways program when a family member is living with an advanced serious illness, can have benefits for those who are grieving.