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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 provide students with healthy ways to cope with their feelings of grief and loss in the familiarity of their own school. 


Please call 216-524–4673 or complete the interest form below to learn more about receiving in-school grief support services in Cleveland.

“The love and support we received and continue to receive from Cornerstone has helped us face each day with a smile on our faces.”


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 equip schools by 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

Cornerstone of Hope provides support groups to help children and adolescents who have experienced the death of a loved one. Groups last eight weeks for approximately 60 minutes. Groups are made up of  up to 10 children or teens and are offered for Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and often utilize art as an intervention to express grief reactions. Groups will be determined by age and developmental appropriateness. Groups are based on staff availability.

Social emotional learning competencies addressed:

  • Explore how grief affects the whole person
  • Educate about common emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and behavioral grief reactions
  • Provide age appropriate coping strategies for participants to manage their emotions and behaviors to promote a healthy grief process
  • Provide memorial art therapy interventions
  • Provide a supportive environment amongst student peers, increasing student’s sense of support within the school community


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, 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

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and are in need of support, we are here to serve.


Grief Support Groups


Grief Counseling


Spiritual Care


Memorial Events


Grief Camps


Community Response


School Programs


Specialty Groups

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