Grieving the loss of a loved one is never easy. For children, grief is especially difficult. A child may not demonstrate their grief in ways that adults readily recognize. It may appear that they are adapting well; living their life with relative ease after a loss. When a child mourns in silence they may well be grieving alone. Their lack of vocabulary and ability to understand all that they are feeling can cause great suffering.
Journeys is a year round program of Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan which offers a safe and supportive environment for parents and young people who share the challenges associated with losing someone they love. The program is free of charge. Journeys is a non-sectarian program open to all.
Volunteers lead the individual age-appropriate groups. Volunteers will facilitate the groups as they work through activities intended to help the children express their emotions, tell their stories and be themselves. Professional grief support counselors train the volunteers as they begin their service and are actively involved each session providing encouragement and support every step of the way.
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
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Every other Tue.evenings, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Excellent listening skills. Patience. Able to make a one year commitment.