Franciscan Health to host Caterpillar Kids and Teen Grief Support groups in February 2024

By Franciscan Health | | 1.15.24

The Franciscan Health Bereavement Support Team will be hosting Caterpillar Kids, a grief support group, over a four-week span in February at Christ United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

Caterpillar Kids and Teen Grief Support is a free support group that offers learning opportunities for children ages 6-12 and teens ages 13-17, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The death does not have to be recent to participate. These groups offer a way for them to begin the healing process with other children and teens.

Sessions for children will include: crafts, games, music, snacks and therapy dogs. Also, DVD clips will be shown of other children sharing their story from when a loved one died and how they felt/coped. Teens will have their own curriculum and meet separately.

There will also be small group chats, touching on what is grief, who has died, normal feelings, special memories, helpful tools to cope and hope ahead.

An adult support group is optional and offered at the same time for adults who have kids or teens in these groups.

All support groups are free and four weeks in duration. Groups meet at the same time and place, but in separate rooms. The classes will meet: February 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required by contacting the Franciscan Health Bereavement Support Team at (317) 528-2636 or email:

Christ United Methodist Church is located at 8540 U.S. 31 South in Indianapolis, just one mile north of Greenwood Park Mall.