Compass: Child and Adolescent Grief Services
Child & Adolescent Grief Services
Death is a common but difficult experience in a child’s life. The Compass program offers help to grieving children and teens who are surviving a recent loss or dealing with the anticipated death of a loved one.
Compass provides education about children’s grief processes and experiences while offering support through individual and group sessions. Through the Compass program, children learn about grief and develop strategies that help them work through the process. Our grief coordinators will also work with parents and other caregivers to help them build confidence in supporting children during this difficult time.
Special Programs and Events
We provide individualized child and adolescent grief support in various settings. We work closely with local school systems, community outreach centers, and therapists to provide grief-specific care to children and teens dealing with the death of a person.
We offer a variety of grief groups for children/adolescents at different times of the year. All grieving children and adolescents are welcome to attend any Compass event after initial contact with one of our grief coordinators, regardless of their connection to hospice or ability to pay. Compass is funded through community donations.
While individual and group support can positively benefit children and adolescents working through grief, we recognize the importance of peer and community support. It’s one thing to hear that your feelings are valid from a professional counselor, but to hear it from a peer can be priceless. We design our programming to include community events that give children and adolescents time to be next to their peers while working through challenges and navigating difficult emotions.