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Solace House: Support for Grieving Children and Their Families

Solace House is a grief counseling center specifically designed to guide children, individuals and their families through the pivotal time following the death of a loved one. Age-specific support groups are offered where participants are encouraged to share their stories with the help of a group facilitator.

Grief affects people in different ways and triggers a variety of emotional issues. Solace House is not the answer for situations requiring crisis counseling, psychotherapy, or other general mental health counseling or therapy. Solace House is a beginning point for grieving families who need compassionate direction.

Solace House helps people regain a sense of life balance and equips participants to appropriately honor loss and integrate the grief journey into their overall life experience.

Click here to hear from family members who have used the services of Solace House.

Support Groups

Solace House offers four support groups that run consecutively. Children's groups are divided by developmental age: 3 & 4, 5-8, 9-12 and teens 13-18. Adult groups are based upon relationship loss or special circumstance: child loss, spouse loss, suicide loss, and mixed adult (parent/sibling/friend/ex-spouse/grandparent). The start dates stagger. Each group is every other week for a total of eight sessions. Groups are offered on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Solace House support groups are closed groups. This means that participants must attend an orientation session, complete paperwork and have been accepted into the Solace House programs in order to participate in these groups. Additionally, knowing the start date will not guarantee space in a particular group.

The 2014 start dates for Solace House support groups:

  • Tuesday, March 11
  • Wednesday, April 9

Individual counseling services are also available. Counseling services include individual, couple and family counseling for ages 3 through adults.

For more information, call 913.341.0318.

Hold My Hand: Walking with Children & Teens through their Grief Journey

Solace House offers this seminar for parents and caregivers of grieving children and teens which addresses questions about the grief process of children and teens, supporting the grieving child or teen, and an opportunity to hear from other parents and guardians. This seminar is free and open to any parent, guardian or individual who is interested in participating.

  • Monday, March 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to non
  • Monday, July 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, September 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, November 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to noon

This seminar is held at Solace House, 8012 State Line Rd., Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66208. Call 913.341.0318 to register. Space is limited, so register early!

Solace House Volunteer Training Dates

  • Monday, April 28, 6 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Application, interview and acceptance are required to attend Solace House volunteer training.

**All 3 dates are required

To inquire about volunteering at Solace House or to request an application, please call 913.341.0318 or email shmail@solacehouse.org