Peer support group program

Willow Center provides FREE support groups to children, teens, and their adult caregivers who have experienced the death of someone close.

Peer support groups are coordinated by behavioral health professionals and trained volunteers to promote the expression of grief and loss, the understanding of death, loss and the process of grief, and to decrease feelings of isolation associated with grief. Willow Center is the only children’s bereavement program in the region.

Our groups are held in Lewiston, ID. The Lewiston groups meet the first and third Tuesday of every month for an hour and a half. Groups are delineated by age:

  • Pre-school group
  • Primary group
  • Intermediate Group
  • Early Teen Group
  • Teen Group
  • Adult Caregivers/Parent Group

Click here to see what Willow Center participants have to say about our program.

This is a family focused program with the belief that to truly assist the children and teens in their process of grief, we need to engage the family/caregivers in a supportive way to build healthier coping, communication and connections for the whole family.  We provide a confidential, safe place for children, teens and their adult caregivers to tell their stories, explore their feelings, and learn healthy ways of coping.

To attend one of our groups call the Willow Center office to schedule an intake appointment: (208) 791-7192; or you may email the center: [email protected].


Young adult peer support group program

Willow Center is now providing a NEW Young Adult Grief Peer Support Group to 19 - 29 year olds!

Willow Center is pleased to provide a first of its kind Young Adult Grief Peer Support Group for 19 - 29 year olds grieving the death of a loved one.  The groups would be coordinated my mental health professionals and volunteers who are here to help young adults through their grieving process.

Our Fall group is starting on September 27th.  Each group is held for six consecutive evening sessions.  Each session meets at 5:15 pm on Wednesday at Harmony Counseling on the second floor.

Space is limited and registration requires a quick screening and intake.  If you are interested or know somebody who would benefit from these services please reach out to 208 - 791 - 7192 or [email protected].  

Our Fall Young Adult Group is starting on September 27th.  Space is still open.


Consultation and Resources

The Willow Center serves as a resource for families, schools, businesses and the community

We have books and printed material available to assist in addressing children and teen grief and loss issues before and after the death occurs. We have resources for the child, teen, adult and family member, or anyone close to someone that is grieving. Please review the pages of our web site to get you started.

Our professional staff is available for consultation by calling our program offices: (208) 791-7192 for the Lewis-Clark Valley.

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Community Presentations

The Willow Center staff is available to speak to your group or business about grief and loss issues for children, teens and families.

Please contact the Willow Center office to arrange a presentation: (208) 791-7192 or [email protected].


COVID - 19 Response

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID -19 in the community, Willow Center has assembled a list of resources for families to navigate the "new normal" of the world. If you or somebody you know has been impacted by COVID 19, the Willow Center is here to help you and we encourage you to check out our list of resources.


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