Good Grief Clubs

Good Grief Club is a 7- week school or community-based support group for students who are grieving.


Any Montgomery County elementary, middle school, or high school student who has experienced the death of a significant person in his/her life either recently, or years ago.  Students may participate in a Good Grief Club more than once.​


Support group co-facilitated by a trained CaringMatters volunteer

and a school counselor or partner organization representative. 

Curriculum includes:

  •  Experiential Activities

  •  Expressive Arts

  •  Guided Conversation



The school or partner organization determines the day and time the group meets. Sessions run for 7 weeks.  


Sessions are conducted in schools and other community facilities throughout Montgomery County.


Students will (based on age and developmental stage):

  •  Learn that he/she is not alone

  •  Connect with grieving peers

  •  Be better able to discuss grief and loss

  •  Gain new skills to manage feelings

  •  Identify people he/she can turn to



The Good Grief Club is possible through a partnership between CaringMatters and Montgomery County schools and community- based organizations. CaringMatters provides the curriculum, a  trained volunteer facilitator, materials, and all handouts and forms. The school or community-based organization staff identifies at least four students who could benefit from the program and secures parental permission for them to participate. They also schedule the meeting times during the school day or after school and are present as a co-facilitator for all sessions.


Getting Started
To learn more or schedule a Good Grief Club at your school or community-based organization, please contact 
Gilly Cannon, Director of Children's Bereavement Services, at 301-990-8904

or  ​

To learn more or schedule a

Good Grief Club at your school or community-based organization, please contact Gilly Cannon,

Director of Children's Bereavement Services,

301-990-8904 or  ​

Download our Good Grief Club Brochure:
English  /  Spanish

This program is funded in part by
The Wolpoff Family Foundation.

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"I learned that I am not the only one going through this." - High School Student

"I learned that my mother will always be in my heart." - Elementary School Student


CaringMatters provides social supports and community education so that no one dies or grieves alone.  


Phone: 301-869-HOPE (4673)

Registered Charity: 52-1591455

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