Frequently Asked Questions
What type of services do you offer?
Tomorrow's Rainbow provides peer support groups for grieving children ages 3 years old through high school and their families. Most of the time, people do not need therapy after a death of a significant person. Our support groups are overseen by masters-level clinicians and are facilitated by highly qualified volunteers who have extensive training in supporting bereaved youth. Groups meet twice monthly to allow for a child's natural need to process over time and in a non-threatening manner.
How do I get started?
The first step is for the child's legal guardian to download and complete our registration application - one for each child/teen in the home. Completed packets can be emailed to christie@TomorrowsRainbow.org or faxed to (754) 732-0994. We will contact the guardian once we receive the registration packet for a phone interview. Next, a client orientation will be scheduled. After orientation, the family will be assigned to a group that meets twice monthly.
When is group?
Groups are divided by age as well as similarity in cause of death. Our "Littles" groups (ages 3 to 6 - thru kindergarten) and "Bigs" groups (ages 6 to 12 - grades 1 thru 5) meet on Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. The middle school and high school groups meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 P.M. All groups are 90 minutes in duration. An adult support group occurs simultaneously during all Littles and Bigs groups. The adult group is highly recommended, but not mandatory. An adult must remain on the premises during all Littles and Bigs groups.
What happens in group?
All groups include an introduction and opening activity circle followed by miniature horse interactions and therapeutic art/play. Each group ends with a candle lighting ceremony. Grief support at Tomorrow's Rainbow is fun, engaging, and emotionally safe. Sessions are age-appropriate and provide best practice, trauma-informed services.
G-Connect is a summer support group that empowers the family unit by sharing in grief-related activities. G-Connect is also a way to ensure continuity of services throughout holiday breaks.
What do I need to bring to group?
Tomorrow's Rainbow is located on a mini ranch. Due to the outdoor nature of the facility, participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes like sneakers or boots. Soft or flexible shoes like Crocs, ballet flats, or backless sneakers will not be acceptable. We suggest wearing clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.
How much does it cost?
We do not charge a fee for bereavement support groups. We know that death can be financially draining, especially for young families. We invite families to make a tax-deductible monthly pledge that they can afford. The pledge is entirely voluntary. Other ways families choose to give back are by supporting events, matching grants through their workplace, sponsoring a horse, and so much more. No family will be turned away due to a lack of contribution.
Is there a long waiting list?
From time to time, there is a waitlist. We will do our best to support your family as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
What happens at the one-hour orientation?
Client orientation is offered once monthly on a Saturday. Families attend to learn about the program, receive a tour of the facility, and get comfortable with the program before returning for their scheduled group. The children and teens will be able to spend time playing and meeting our 4 legged staff.
Is there any riding?
There is no riding at Tomorrow's Rainbow. All of the healing happens on the ground. We rely on the horse's natural ability to reflect our intention, provide consistency and routine, and be a conduit to allow children to project their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs on the horse. Tomorrow's Rainbow understands that a successful relationship with a horse mirrors a successful relationship with people - mutual respect, trust, and understanding.
How long after the death should my child wait to start?
Families are encouraged to call and begin the process for participation as soon as they feel ready. We recognize that each person and family grieves differently, and the family is the best judge of when they are ready to seek out support. Some families start right after the death, while others wait a few years before calling.
How long can a family expect to attend groups?
Each family is unique in their need for support. Because grief is a lifelong journey, we know that children and teens may close from services and then need us at their next developmental milestone. Families are always welcome back (no orientation is necessary for a returning family).
What happens if my family misses a group?
All groups meet twice a month year-round. A text message will be sent to you prior to group. Families are asked to notify us if they need to be absent. The more regularly a family participates in group, the more beneficial the services will be.
What if I have a question about how to support my child/teen?
We're only a phone call away! Tomorrow's Rainbow will be there to answer your questions about how to support your grieving child or teen. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with your concerns and needs at 954.978.2390.
How do I know if my child needs a greater level of mental health support?
Screeners and assessments are part of the intake process. If the need arises for more individualized, therapy-based services, Tomorrow's Rainbow offers highly effective Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with our team of Eagala-certified practitioners. We will help you navigate this process to determine the best program for your child. Our Bereavement Program Coordinator will assist you in navigating the best solutions for your family.