Children who lose a parent through divorce or death go through the same grieving stages as their parents, but on their own level. Children may have a difficult time putting their feelings into words. Typically, the parents are caught up in their own pain, and may be unable to reach out and help their children at this time.

Rainbows for All Children offers structured, age-specific, peer support groups, facilitated by trained adults, for children who are grieving the loss of a family member as a result of death, divorce, or other traumatic separation event. Children are able to grieve, communicate with, and heal among peers.  They no longer feel alone in their grief, and can gain confidence from each other in a totally confidential setting.

This program is offered at St. Raphael in Naperville. St. Raphael’s program is available free of charge for children in elementary and middle schools from all race, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please complete the Rainbows registration form.

Questions or to request a registration form by mail or email, please contact Henrietta Christenson at 630-579-6595 or