Capital Caring Receives Grant for New Children’s Bereavement Program

Capital Caring is pleased to announce that a $10,000 grant has been awarded to the Fredericksburg Neighborhood from the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region. These funds will support the Caring Circles children’s grief program that is currently offered to county schools surrounding the Capital Caring Fredericksburg Neighborhood.

The Caring Circles program works directly with children to help them communicate their thoughts, feelings and fears, while connecting with others who have also experienced the death of a loved one. Each six-week program is co-facilitated by the school’s own counselor and a trained Capital Caring bereavement volunteer. There are 98 students in nine schools that have been impacted by this program to date with no cost to the families involved.

Students who have not had a chance to process their grief often show a decline in academic performance, social difficulties and an inability to adjust the school environment after a loss. The Capital Caring Caring Circles programs works to address these challenges by helping grieving children learn how to express themselves in a healthy way and engaging them in hands-on activities. Additionally, the school environment provides a familiar setting where large numbers of students can be served with supportive services and monitoring over time.

Capital Caring hopes to continue expanding this innovative program throughout each neighborhood with the support of future grant funding, sponsorships and private gifts. For more information about the Caring Circles program, contact Kristi Difilippo, LCSW, Capital Caring Bereavement Counselor for the Fredericksburg Neighborhood, at kdifilippo@capitalcaring.org or by phone at (540) 735-0972. Additional information about Capital Caring’s bereavement programs can be found here.