Supporting Kidds, a subsidiary of Children and Families First, announced the statewide expansion of its Healing Pathways Program into Kent, New Castle, Sussex and Wilmington counties.

This expansion has been funded in part by the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.

Healing Pathways is a six-week program designed to help children, teens and adults understand death and the grief process. Families meet once a week for 90-minute sessions to learn positive coping tools and develop a sense of community support through discussion, art, movement and activities. The programs are led by trained volunteers.

Children are grouped by age with five to seven other children and two adult facilitators. Each group follows a curriculum that has been designed specifically for the children's developmental level. During the children's groups, parents and guardians meet and are provided with emotional support and education on how to help their grieving children.

The Kent County group will run Feb. 9 to March 16 and will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Children & Families First, 91 Wolf Creek Blvd., Dover.

The New Castle group will run March 29 to May 3 and will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Supporting Kidds, 1213 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin.

The Sussex County group will run March 28 to May 3 and will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Children & Families First, 410 S. Bedford St., Georgetown.

Supporting Kidds will offer a Wilmington group to take place Wednesday s from July 12 to August 16. Times and location will be announced.

For information, visit To sign up for Healing Pathways, email or call 235-5544.