A program for grieving children, teens and their families
The loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver is a devastating experience for a child. Who can they talk to? Who will really listen? Their friends may shy away because they don’t know what to say. It’s also hard to talk to the surviving parent or family member because they are grieving as well.
The Safe Harbor program provides ongoing grief support groups for children, teens and their parents or caregivers. This is a caring environment where they can come for support and understanding. Safe Harbor is offered completely free of charge.
At Safe Harbor, we believe that it is a natural process to grieve after a loss. The duration and intensity of grief is unique for each individual. Support, caring and acceptance from other individuals provides people with a natural capacity to heal.
To provide ongoing support in a safe place, so that children, teens and young adults grieving the death of a loved one can share their experiences as they move through the healing process.
To provide parents with the necessary tools to understand and assist their grieving children and teens while supporting their grief through a parent/caregiver support group.
Safe Harbor opened its doors on January 17, 2001 to serve 17 families and 26 children. To date, we have served 2,000 children, teens and young adults in our grieving community. All this is provided completely free of charge thanks to our fifty-plus dedicated and caring volunteers and generous financial support from donors.
Children's Grief Awareness Art
Children and teens in our program each helped to create the art project entitled "HEAL" which is displayed at Safe Harbor.