Many children have a hard time grieving the loss of someone close to them. Community Hospice offers resources for children and teens no matter where they are on their grief journey to help ease the pain and burden that some may encounter. Our Child Grief Support Programs supports children and teens who are grieving the death of someone close to them and are offered free of charge. Through the Child Grief Support Programs at Community Hospice, grieving children and teens are able to share their story about their loss, learn healthy ways to cope, and connect with other children and teens that have had similar losses.
Individual and Group Support
Community Hospice offers both individual and group support for grieving children and teens. Support is available in various locations throughout the Central Valley.
School-based Child Grief Support Program
Community Hospice currently offers both individual and group support in Stanislaus and San Joaquin School Districts. Educational trainings are provided to both school staff and parents on how to support a grieving child.
Child Grief Support Groups Include:
HUG (Help Understanding Grief) – For children ages six to nine
TWIG (Tweens Working in Grief) – For children ages 10-12
TAG (Talk About Grief) – For teens ages 13-17
After school programs are available in some areas.
Crisis Response Team
Community Hospice Grief Support Services Department serves as a Crisis Response Team in both schools and in the community providing grief support after a sudden death. Specialists are available to provide onsite support and resources during crisis. To contact our Crisis Response Team call 209.578.6300.
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Community Hospice holds an open-ended Saturday support group for children and teens ages 6 to 17. This group serves as a follow up for children and teens that have gone through our school based program, Camp Erin of the Central Valley or have received support independently or through a group setting at Community Hospice. This group offers children and teens the opportunity to continue peer bonding and healing with friends they have made on their grief journey.
Camp Erin® of the Central Valley
Camp Erin of the Central Valley is a 3-day bereavement camp offered yearly to grieving children and teens in the community ages 6- 17 years old. Camp allows children and teens the opportunity to process their grief in a nature setting, while also participating in camp activities. Campers are able to identify with others who are dealing with similar losses and learn ways to cope in a safe and healing atmosphere. To learn more about Camp Erin of the Central Valley click below.
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