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SandCastles Grief Support Program

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Nonprofit Overview

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.