Do you have a grieving child who needs someone to talk to? Rainbows is a free support group for children, ages 5-12, grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as death, separation, divorce or other painful transitions. Groups run for ten weeks and are held on Monday evenings from 6:20 pm – 7:30 pm at the NCJW/Essex Center for Women.

Children meet in small age-appropriate groups to share an activity and discuss various topics in relation to the change in their family unit. Caring adult volunteers who have been trained as facilitators lead the Rainbows support groups. Confidentiality is stressed for the facilitators as well as the children. At the end of the ten-week session, the children and parents participate in a special “Celebrate Me” day.

The goal of the group is to assist the children in expressing and understanding their feelings, accepting what has happened, and to experience a sense of belonging and love. This is accomplished through peer support and adult nurturing and guidance, in a safe, secure, and confidential atmosphere.
Children may continue to participate in the program for three 10-week sessions as long as the participant, the parents and the facilitators feel it is beneficial.

An international organization, Rainbows was started in Chicago in 1983. Since then more than three million children have participated in Rainbows in the United States and 16 other countries. NCJW/Essex is proud to collaborate with Rainbows.

Rainbows Parent Workshops:

Rainbows offers educational programs for parents that run simultaneously with the children’s sessions. Rainbows Parent Workshops are facilitated by trained volunteers.