The Parenting After Loss program runs eight weeks in length and is a support group for parents and guardians, as well as their children, following the death of a parent or sibling. The community support and care received in this program is built specifically around the emotional and practical reactions to tragic loss within a family unit. Kenny Slaught points out that via participation in the program, families master the tools they need to communicate with each other and effectively grow stronger as a group after experiencing the loss.
When children experience the loss of a parent, they often feel lost and abandoned, knowing that their lives will never again be the same. Kenny Slaught noted, “The I Have a Friend mentor program allows these young people to share their feelings with someone who has experienced something very similar.” The child can lean on their companion for as long as he or she needs. The mentee can explore some of the most sensitive topics in an open and supportive environment with their mentor, who in turn gives support and practical guidance on the hurdles that lie ahead.