Grief Group

This is a members-only group. See your Counselor for info.

What is Grief Group?

Many students at Ridgewood High School are coping with the death of a parent/guardian or sibling. Grief Group is a year-long, closed group for students who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. At Group, we explore the stages of grief, learn tools to positively deal with these stages, and connect with others. Membership is completely voluntary and confidential.

Our Group Facilitators

When Does Grief Group Meet?

For meeting details please contact Ms. C or Mrs. Demann (below).

Group will meet every other week for approximately 11 weeks during the 2012-13 school year. Students will not miss the same class more than twice, and are responsible for making up all work missed in class. If you are unable to join our scheduled meeting, please let your group facilitators know.

Mission Statement

The Ridgewood Assistance Program (RAP) Core Team supports and enhances the mission of Ridgewood High School by helping students be available for learning. This is accomplished through:

  • Identifying both students and their needs in order to connect them to appropriate resources.
  • Offering team facilitated groups tailors to the needs of the students involved.
  • Providing support both inside and outside of the context of the classroom.
  • Creating educational programming focused primarily on the affective domain.

How to Refer a Student

Students may refer themselves or may be referred by a fellow students, a parent/guardian, or a staff member. Student involvement in RAP is voluntary and no records of the student's participation will become part of the student's permanent record. Federal laws and regulation protect the confidentiality of information, whether or not recorded, about students' participation. Parents/guardians who do not wish their child participate in these groups must notify the school by September 19, 2012.

To refer a student, contact Mrs. Kathleen Leynes at 708-456-4242 ext. 283 or at

About RAP

The Ridgewood Assistance Program (RAP) provides education, assistance and support for students affected by others' drug and/or alcohol abuse, divorce, chronic illness, death and stress. Students participating in groups often see results in better attendance, improved grades, reduced behavioral difficulties, higher participation in athletics and activities, enhanced health, and a more positive attitude.