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School Programs

Cornerstone of Hope is pleased to partner with area schools to offer in-school support to students, staff, and their families.

These groups equip students with healthy ways to cope with their feelings of grief, stress, anxiety, and depression in the familiarity of their own school.


Student Grief Support

Grief Support

Children spend a significant portion of their day in the school environment. For this reason, school staff members are often placed in primary support roles with students grieving the loss of a loved one. Cornerstone of Hope seeks to come alongside schools, providing grief support and education services for staff, students, and families.

Cornerstone of Hope Provides:

  • Initial Phone Consultation to determine appropriate needs and resources
  • Free Grief Education Materials for staff, students, and families
  • Grief Support Groups for students
  • Initial Debriefing with Staff after a loss
  • Information on current and upcoming Grief Services and Events for students and families taking place at Cornerstone of Hope

In-School Grief Support Grades K-12

Arts based therapy support group designed to help children and adolescents who have experienced the death of a loved one. Groups last eight weeks for approximately 60 minutes. Groups are designed for 4-8 children or teens and are offered for Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Groups will be determined by age and developmental appropriateness. Groups are based on staff availability. 

Social emotional learning competencies addressed:

  • Increase self-awareness of one’s own grief reactions
  • Explore how grief affects the whole person
  • Educate about common emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and behavioral grief reactions
  • Provide a healthy and age appropriate outlet for strong emotions
  • Provide positive coping skills for participants to manage their emotions and behaviors to achieve their goals
  • Provide memorial art therapy interventions
  • Provide a supportive environment amongst student peers, increasing student’s sense of support within the school community

Student Mental Health Equipping

Resilient Kids & Teens School Assemblies

Cornerstone of Hope Lima will send a representative to hold a Resilient Teen interactive assembly with individual or combined grade levels. Representatives are licensed professional counselors with great experience equipping middle school and high school students with practical skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression that they can apply now and for years to come. 

Best time frame
40-45 minutes

$450/per assembly (includes professional facilitator and materials)

Appropriate for 5th-12th Graders. Students will need a pen or pencil and room to write.


Resilient Kids & Teens In-School Groups

Following the assemblies, 6 week groups will be offered to students at the school during the school day. The goal of this group is to enhance students’ social emotional learning.  Students Will Learn:

  • How their brains and bodies are wired to process stress
  • Positive coping strategies and how to implement them
  • How to apply their strengths to challenges they face
  • How to develop healthier outlooks
  • How to manage friendship struggles
  • How to live with resiliency
  • That they are not alone

Best time frame
30-40 minutes

Goup Size
8–10 Max

$750/group (includes professional facilitator and materials)


Staff and Faculty Resources


Cornerstone of Hope contracts with schools to provide in-service training for school professionals. A licensed professional from Cornerstone will provide training in any of the following formats:

  • Customized Staff Grief Training
  • Crisis Training for Districts or Individual Schools
  • Customized Student Education Programs
  • Customized Parent Education Programs


Cornerstone of Hope contracts with schools to provide on-site and phone consultation for school personnel. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices for communication with students and families
  • Best practices for supporting school staff following a los
  • Best practices for supporting students and families following a loss
  • Best practices for memorial and remembrance activities
  • On-going phone consultation with administrative and counseling staff working with grieving students and families

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