Journeys Grief Support for Children Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Hospice Care of Southwest MichiganOakland Centre2255 W. Centre AvenuePortage, MI 49024


Losing a loved one is one of life's most difficult challenges. Helping young people through the process of grief is the core mission of Journeys.

Young people experience grief in many ways. they may feel anger, guilt, sadness or confusion. They could have trouble falling asleep or suffer nightmares. maybe they act out at home or at school, cry easily or have trouble concentrating. Or sometimes they become quiet and withdrawn. It’s not easy to talk to children about these serious issues. Journeys can help by providing a safe place, useful information and the guidance of grief couselors to help kids and their families begin to heal.

Volunteers will receive training, mentorship and on-going support when they join this very special program of Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Children work in groups based on their age. Volunteer leaders facilitate pre-planned actvities to assist the children on their grief journey. Volunteers also serve as hosts, attending to the logisitics of the session and the comfort of the participants.

Journeys takes place two Tuesday evenings every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


  • Youth Services
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Hospice Care
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Bereavement Support

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Meet on Tuesday evenings, from 5:15 -8:00 pm
  • Excellent listening skills, patience and able to make a one year committment to the program.
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