PARKLAND, FLA - Free grief support groups for Parkland and Coral Springs residents will be offered later this month at Heron Heights Elementary School.

The groups are being offered by the Children’s Bereavement Center (CBC) in partnership with VITAS Healthcare and Parkland Cares on Sept. 17

Last February, when the Parkland and Coral Springs were rocked by tragedy, the CBC developed a site in the community, offering long-term grief support with free peer support groups for the anyone impacted by loss, including children and adults.

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Led by experienced national grief experts, the CBC support groups offer groups for all ages: kids (5+), teens and adults as well as separate groups for teachers and school faculty. The CBC said it welcomes new families and individuals weekly throughout the year to be part of ongoing groups.

According to the CBC, the groups "provide an opportunity to listen, learn and share with others who have also experienced loss." Participants "learn coping strategies, recognize their strengths, build resilience and confidence within a supportive community of their peers," it said

Parkland CBC Site Details:

•                To register CALL 1-888-988-5438; enrollment is open throughout the year

•                Groups meet weekly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

•                Location - Heron Heights Elementary School, 11010 Nob Hill Rd, Parkland, FL 33076

•                Free pizza dinner included

"CBC grief support groups are available to the children, families and staff directly impacted by the tragic events that took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, along with their extended family and friends in the community," the CBC said. "Loss and grief are inevitable; however, as Chira Cassel, CEO of the Children’s Bereavement Center explained, 'Our peer support groups provide a weekly outlet and ongoing support for those who have been struck by grief. This allows our participants to connect with a community who understands what they're experiencing, which builds resilience and restores hope for the future.'”

The CBC said it needs financial help  to continue providing free, long-term grief support in Parkland. Those interested in helping are asked to visit the CBC website to donate or register to volunteer.