SandCastles Grief Support Program

Rating: 4 stars   1 review

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Location: 1 Ford Place, 4A Detroit MI 48202 USA

Mission: Henry Ford Hospice created the SandCastles Grief Support Program to provide grieving children and families the opportunity to come together for nurturing and strength as they learn to cope with the loss of a loved one. SandCastles works to provide a safe and comforting environment for children and teens, ages 3-18, to grieve their loss and to find within themselves their natural capacity to heal. Participation in group activities with peers supports the healing process by helping young people to accept grief as a normal response to loss.
Geographic areas served: Detroit Metro Area

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My nine year old daughter and I attend the twice monthly support meetings run by qualified social work staffers. She is in a group of children, of her age, who have lost a parent to death. I attend the group for parents. My daughter finds herself in the other children and their stories. She doesn't feel "different" and "alone" as much knowing that there are other children out there whose mother or father have died. She enjoys the exercises and activities her group participates in and makes sure we attend the meetings, getting upset if we have a conflict. She's attended their summer weekend camp -Camp Erin- twice now. She loves the facilitators, activities and memorial activities at the camp. It was the first overnight camp she attended and she leaves it looking forward to the next summer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way my daughter is processing of the loss of her father.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the structure of the support for the parents. Often times the "parent's group" gets large in size and there isn't time for each to share of have his/her needs addressed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing my daughter heal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly trained and extremely compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many more children who need this type of support. It could expand the parental program to help the grieving spouses get their lives back on track and open up the summer camp for a week long adventure.

Ways to make it better...

I had found out about it sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding issues. There's lots of people willing to devote time to the organization, but the group could use more funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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