|“I realized that I was not alone.”|
|- Nicholas, age 13|
SandCastles Grief Support Program, established in 1997 by Henry Ford Hospice, focuses on the belief that every child and teen deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, nurturing environment. Grieving youth ages 3 to 18 are offered a safe place where they can interact with peers who have experienced similar losses, learn life-long coping skills, and most importantly begin a healthy healing process. Participants learn how to identify and express their feelings and in doing so, empower one another. Peer support groups help children and teens understand that they are not alone in their grief. This normalizes their feelings, and experiences which provides validation, to help with the healing process. Families come together with staff and facilitators for dinner and then break out into individual age groups. While the youth are engaged in their groups, adults attend their own group session, which gives them an opportunity to learn about children's grief, as well as share their own experiences.
SandCastles serves children and teens from ages 3-18 and their families, as well as, our young adult group ages 18-23 at our St. Clair Shores location.Click here for more information on our young adult group.There is no charge for families to attend. We do not require, and cannot accept insurance payments. We are a non-profit organization and our funding comes from private and corporate donations as well as community grants. It costs SandCastles $25.00 per participant to run group on given program nights. Any donation that a family can make is appreciated and allows for the continued offering of SandCastles grief groups.
Meetings are held at eight locations throughout the metro Detroit area and on average, SandCastles serves about 766 participants at any given time.