Provided free crisis intervention training and debriefing for staff with the death of a student and teacher.
Provided free pamphlets regarding grief and loss.
Provided newsletter about grief and loss to community agencies and to those who have had a recent loss.
On call counselor for local charter schools to provide debriefing to staff around grief and loss.
Provide small scholarships to children who have lost a parent to death and are entering college. (Graduates of the bereavement camps that have volunteered or have been a participant in the camp years).
Future Projects for PGSS
Provision of education and training to the community regarding bereavement issues and increase the number of support group sessions.
Training community leaders as peer support facilitators and community outreach liaisons in the field of death education. These leaders would also include members of faith-based organizations.
Ultimately, we will develop a community based grief educational program.
In addition, we will educate and train professionals regarding issues around cultural diversity and the grieving process.
Dissemination of information about grief and grief services
Quarterly compilations and updates of bereavement resources available. Making referrals for family members to other grief resources in their local community.
Development of culturally and age sensitive death education materials
There are limited death education/grief materials that address issues around cultural diversity and age. We will enlist the assistance of a production company to make a video, which is culturally sensitive to the grieving process. In addition, pamphlets will be made to assist those working with diverse populations.
Services and program offered
Time limited support groups facilitated by professionals in grief, loss and transitional issues
Speaker’s Bureau about grief related topics
Referrals to professional counseling services
Additional referrals to community based organizations that provide services to this population
PGSS is a community based non-profit organization 501(c)(3) formed in 1995, incorporated in 2001 to provide grief, loss and transition support within underserved populations.