Our Mission

SandCastles Grief Support Program provides a caring place for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a death. SandCastles offers quality community-based family grief services, which encourage peer support and are enhanced by educational outreach.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as experts in the field of child, teen, and family grief support and education within the Henry Ford Health System, the community, and the nation. SandCastles Grief Support Program is self-sustaining with philanthropic, volunteer, and community support.


SandCastles Grief Support Program believes that every child, teen, and family member deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.

Basic Beliefs

SandCastles believes that grief has many forms and is a natural reaction to a death for children, teens, and adults. Each individual has the natural capacity to heal oneself throughout the grief process. Each person’s duration, expression, and intensity of grief is unique to that individual. Having support and acceptance from others can help assist in the healing process. SandCastles believes that society needs better understanding and education on the grieving process.

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