Guiding Principles

We believe that a circle represents many aspects of our mission at Full Circle. We have worked to create a circle of support where children and families experiencing loss can find hope and start the healing process in a safe, trusting environment.

Creation of the Full Circle Group Model
With curriculum designed by a regional bereavement expert, Allyson Drake, MEd, CT, using a model from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Full Circle incorporates best practices for helping families grieve. All groups emphasize the importance of teaching coping skills and feelings identification as well as how to effectively support others while healing themselves.

Our goals are to help grieving individuals:

  • Strengthen Family through Grief: increase communication between family members to strengthen family ties so they can support each other during grieving
  • Learn Coping Skills: identify healthy ways to deal with traumatic events and their long grief journey
  • Reduce Isolation: build support networks within and outside of the family
  • Heal through Creative Expression: use creative expression to strengthen communication and process feelings

In other words, anyone is welcome inside the circle, regardless of where they are on their grief journey.

Please take a few moments to watch this video on the history of Full Circle.