COVID-19 Updates and Resources

We are working diligently to ensure the safety of our families, volunteers, and staff members. As a mental health resource in the community, we are modifying our direct service model to offer remote support to the families we serve.

Welcome to SandCastles!


What We Do

Bi-weekly peer support groups for youth ages 3-18 and their parent/guardian who have experienced the death of a loved one.

An annual weekend experience for bereaved children and teens held each August to emphasize team building and peer support.

We are available for individuals and groups interested in education on children’s bereavement.

Get to Know Us

SandCastles in Numbers


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served each year


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Quality Grief Support

SandCastles offers grief support to children, teens, and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. SandCastles works as a preventative program to help children and teens learn how to grieve and cope with their loss in a constructive way. Expressing thoughts and emotions in a healthy way builds self-esteem in children and strengthens their ability to make positive life choices now and as adults.

SandCastles helped me to realize that no matter that happens, I will have someone to talk to about my grief.

Jaden, age 11

SandCastles has helped my family in the grieving process. Without that support, my family probably would not be together.

Dora, parent

Resources for Families & Professionals

Our Recent Posts

  • Tips for Discussing a COVID Death with Children
    Families going through a death by COVID-19 may be experiencing thoughts and feelings that are especially difficult to process and it may seem more threatening/scary due to the nature and depth of this pandemic we are all experiencing.  As with any death, it is important to discuss the cause of death openly and honestly at … Continue reading Tips for Discussing a COVID Death with Children
  • Grief Triggers
    What Are They? What’s Your Grief gives us a great example of what grief triggers are: A grief trigger is anything that brings up memories related to a loss. Triggers may be obvious and easy to anticipate – like a birthday or a holiday – or they may be surprising – like spotting someone who … Continue reading Grief Triggers
  • Explaining Ventilators to Children
    Lungs are the organs in our bodies that help us to breathe. As we breathe in, they get bigger like blowing up a balloon. They fill with fresh air and oxygen. Then, as we breathe out, stale air is released.  The oxygen helps to keep our tissues alive.  Ventilators are medical machines that help a … Continue reading Explaining Ventilators to Children
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