The journey through loss and grief is difficult and lonely. Children and adolescents need a safe place to express the grief, anger and fear related to loss—thereby developing important coping skills. Journeys is a bereavement program that works with children and adolescents age 3 through 17 who are affected by the serious illness or death of a loved one.
Our Support Groups
All support groups are facilitated by board-certified art therapists who use art and other creative means to help children express their feelings. Adult bereavement support groups, facilitated by our licensed clinical social workers, are available to help adults live with their own loss.
Our support groups include:
"A Circle of Friends"
For children who have had a loved one diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening or serious illness.
"A Circle of Hope"
For children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
"A Circle of Growth"
For adolescents who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
"A Circle of Strength"
Based upon need, we occasionally offer specialty groups focusing on such issues as sudden or traumatic death, AIDS and sibling death.
- As part of Journeys' commitment to the community, a number of special services are available to schools, developmental centers, teachers' groups and community centers. These services range from consultation to educational programs.
- A nominal fee is required for Journeys services. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
- Journeys is a not-for-profit program of Valley Hospice. Private donations are important in order to continue this service. Gifts can be made in honor of or as a memorial to a loved one. All contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to the Journeys program.
For more information, please call 201-291-6243.