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 individual and group counseling sessions, workshops, and other events. 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.
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 generous community donations.
Contact us at Compass@FourSeasonsCFL.org or 828.692.6178 and ask to speak with a Compass staff member.
Special Programs and Events
We provide individual child and adolescent grief support in various settings including, but not limited to, our offices, schools, and virtually. 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.
While individual 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.
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.
We are available for consultation and resources related to child and adolescent grief. Presentations and trainings related to child and adolescent grief are available and can be customized to meet the needs of your group or organization. Educational material and grief workshops related to the child and adolescent grief process for parents and legal guardians, community members, faith leaders, and other caring adults are also available. For more information, email us at Compass@FourSeasonsCFL.org or 828.692.6178 and ask to speak with a Compass staff member.
National Alliance on Children’s Grief
Compass Programs & Events
Quarterly Meetups are a one-day fun outing that provides activity and connection with others who are grieving. They are a unique opportunity to connect with peers who are also grieving the loss of a loved one. Quarterly meetups are family-friendly events. Meetups are held off-site, throughout our community. We are proud to partner with local businesses and community organizations, such as Nurture + Nature Retreat Center in Franklin, NC, Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville, NC, and Darnell Farms in Bryson City, NC. These community partnerships seek to create supportive environments for children and adolescents impacted by grief.
If you would like to partner with Compass to host a Quarterly Meet Up, please email us at Compass@FourSeasonsCFL.org.
Camp Heart Songs is Four Seasons’ annual grief camp for those ages 5-15, anticipating or experiencing the death of a loved one. Participants are immersed in team building activities. Some examples of past activities are music therapy, gardening, mixed martial arts, arts and crafts, and yoga. Campers learn skills to assist them in telling their story, recognizing the need for support, and support others through peer connections.
To contact our Grief Services department, call 828.692.6178 and ask to talk with a Compass staff member, or email us at Compass@FourSeasonsCFL.org. All compass staff members are professionally trained master-level clinicians.
To contact our Grief Services department, call (828) 692.6178, or email one of our staff:
Sybil Arnold, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, Director of Patient & Family Services
Jessica Godfrey, MDiv, CT, Grief Services Coordinator – South Region
Daniel Tipton, MDiv, Grief Services Coordinator – North Region
Amy Entwistle, MMT, MT-BC, Adult, Child, & Adolescent Grief Services Coordinator- West Region
Jay Wilson, MSW, LCSWA, Child & Adolescent Grief Services Coordinator- North & South Regions
Four Seasons Grief Services are provided at no cost to the consumer. Expenses for this program are underwritten by generous donations. If you are interested in donating to Grief Services, click here.
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Local: (828) 692.6178
Toll Free: (866) 466.9734