Year-Round Program

Grief can be a lonely and isolating feeling. Often others simply cannot understand and do not know how to help. SandCastles Grief Support Program can provide a sanctuary of understanding, acceptance, and growth. The giving and receiving of support provides a common ground for enduring one of the most painful journeys that can be taken: the journey through grief.

What is a typical night at SandCastles?

Program runs from 6:15pm until 8:00pm.

6:15-6:45pm – Dinner

As families arrive, each member finds their name badge set out near the dining room entrance. Dinner time is a good time to meet other families and facilitators. Families help themselves to something to eat and drink. There is a donation box located near the food; $2.00 per person is requested to contribute to the cost of pizza.

6:45-8:00pm – Group Time

Groups are announced one at a time and leave for their small group rooms along with volunteer facilitators. The groups will meet for discussion, activities, games, and more until 8:00pm.

8:00pm – Closing Circle

All groups will reunite in a designated area to conclude the evening. Families, volunteers, and staff will create a circle by joining hands. Together everyone sings the “Hand in Hand” song. Someone is chosen to start a hand squeeze, which is passed all the way around the circle. This conclude the SandCastles program night.

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Why is a grief group so important?

Peer groups help children and teens understand that they are not alone in their grief, normalizing their feelings and experiences and providing validation that helps with healing and growth. Participating in groups can help children find within themselves the natural capacity to heal.

How do I join?

Please visit our Enroll page to learn more about joining program.