Children & Youth
A child old enough to love is old enough to grieve.
Our Services are designed to allow children & youth the opportunity to:
Explore feelings in a supportive environment through expressive arts, interactive experiences and activities.
Develop skills to deal with grief in safe and healthy ways
Meet other grieving children/youth/peers with similar issues and concerns
Recognize that they are not alone
Increase community awareness - grow social connections and societal support networks
Lighthouse Children's Grief Group
Offered maximum twice each year - Spring and Fall
This group is for children ages 6-10 who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. Children get to take part in various coping activities to help them to express their feelings of grief and loss in healthy ways. Topics covered in this group will cover: feelings associated with grief, a focus on anger and how to deal with anger in healthy ways, life cycles, rituals, how to deal with grief as they get older and go through milestones in their lives, and remembering their loved one.
Caring Corridors Tween/Teen Grief Group
Offered on an ongoing basis
This group is for youth ages 10-13 & 13-16 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants work together through a series of lessons, in which they learn and practice healthy coping skills and are given the opportunity to share some of their grief stories with their peers. and practicing healthy coping skills and within a supportive peer group.
Healing Hearts Teen Grief Group
Offered on an ongoing basis
This group is geared towards our older teens and those who have already completed the Caring Corridors Group (ages 15-18). In this grief support group participants receive grief support through peer interactions, and theme based lessons. Teens are guided through a variety of lessons where they explore some of the impacts grief can have emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Participants are invited to share their perspectives, as well as learn some positive grief management strategies they can apply across various life experiences and situations.
Group Companioning Grief Support
Weekly/bi-weekly year round
Once a week, children & youth get an opportunity to spend time with other children who are dealing with grief while being supported by a group of volunteer companions who have been trained by the hospice to provide companioning support for those who are dealing with grief and loss. The participants get to do art, play games, or go out to the playground with the companions.
Kids Care: Anticipatory Grief Group
When needed basis - year round
This group is for children ages 3-12 who are anticipating the death of a loved one. The children get express their feelings by doing art, playing games, or going out to the playground with volunteer companions and other children who are also anticipating the death of a loved one.
Family Art Connections
Offered on 6 occasions in Spring and Fall
Children & youth clients, along with their families, are invited to create art or special commemorative pieces together, in memory of their loved one.
One-to-One Companioning Support
Ongoing year round
Children 3-13 who are anticipating the loss, or have experienced the loss of a loved one, get a chance to work with the Children’s Services Manager and/or the Children’s Services Coordinator for 4-8 sessions using play and art to express some of their grief feelings and help sort through some of their loss experiences.