Dear Solace Tree Community,
The safety, health, and well-being of our Solace Tree community members is our highest priority, and we also believe it is critical to do our part in the global effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Please know that we are taking steps as an organization to minimize the risk of transmission between the grieving families we serve, our dedicated volunteers, and our staff. We are complying with Governor Sisolak’s statewide shutdown and have not been holding support groups; however, we know that our families need help and support and have made the decision to begin holding our Solace Tree Grief Groups via Zoom on Thursday, April 9.
We are striving to keep our office open should you or anyone in your life need our resources and support. We are still available via phone call or email. Grieving children and teens may be particularly vulnerable to anxiety and worry during times of uncertainty. Here are some tips from the National Association of School Psychologists on talking with children about coronavirus/COVID-19. You can find Solace Tree information online at www.solacetree.org or on our Facebook page.
We will be working to update our entire community as events unfold and guidance from the Governor Sisolak’s office is communicated.
We are so grateful for each and every one of our supporters. Our community has brought The Solace Tree through adversity in the past and we know that we can count on you in the future. What we have learned from our 18 years of experience serving grieving families is that the power of holding a safe space for difficult experiences and feelings can bring about transformation. During these uncertain times, please know that The Solace Tree staff and resources are just a phone call away. As always, The Solace Tree will be here in the aftermath of this pandemic to provide hope and healing for those most impacted.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the grieving children and families in our community. If you have any questions or concerns – or want to connect in any way – I can be reached at (775)-324-7723 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Solace Tree and the National Alliance for Grieving Children would like to encourage everyone to prioritize self-care. For many of us, there is grief in the loss of normalcy, and we encourage you to hold space for that. We want you to know you are not alone in the experience, the challenges it may be creating and the feelings that may be surfacing. In response to this, the NAGC (with the support of Alex Cares for Grieving Youth®) has released the booklet “Coping with Change and Loss” to be shared freely with families.
View Coping with Change and Loss here
Supporting children and teens during their grief can be very difficult during this time. We think this resource offers great tips and strategies.
View WHEN YOUR WORLD IS ALREADY UPSIDE DOWN: Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis here