Our interdisciplinary team of licensed clinical social workers and spiritual care counselors provide therapeutic support to families impacted by the death of a significant person. We empower families to set and advance their bereavement goals based on a collaborative exploration of their values, reflective of the holistic Transitions Kids vision. We support family enrichment, self-care, and celebration–especially during difficult times–and we extend emotional and spiritual support to the entire community of those impact by death, loss, and life-changing illnesses/diagnoses.
Support & Workshops
Our child and teen grief offerings provide a safe place for children, teens, and families to express their grief in a comfortable, healing way. Our groups and events give opportunities to learn more about grief and coping strategies as well as connect with grieving peers. These connections can reduce isolation and give space to explore the wide range of emotions associated with the loss of a loved one.
Resources for Teens and Children
See the Family Activities tab for written and video resources that provide ideas about how your family can connect and cope after a loss.
Tips for Supporting Kids and Teens During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Being Aware of Scams/Frauds During COVID-19
When a Loved One Dies: Ways to Create Memorial and Meaning When Separated During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Understanding Teen Grief
Understanding Children’s Grief
Tasks of Mourning – For People with Special Needs
Los Ninos y el Duelo: Como Proveer Apoyo
Helping Kids Adjust to Terminal Illness
Visit our Transitions GriefCare YouTube channel to find videos that may be of help in supporting children and teens who are coping with the progression of a loved one’s illness to needing support after the death has occurred.
- When a cure is not expected Part 1: the benefits of early and honest communication with children and teens
- When a cure is not expected Part 2: tips on when, where and how to have this difficult conversation
- Ways children and teens can be present and create memories with their dying loved one
- Preparing your children when a loved one’s death is very near
- Family and friends at time of death: when the last breath is taken
- Tips for telling children and teens a death has occurred
- Preparing children for a funeral and special rituals
- Understanding how children and teens grieve
- Supporting a child after the death has occurred
Here are several activities you can do as a family to help cope with grief.
Create a calming jar to help you relax. Instructions | Video
Create an encouragement jar for the whole family. Instructions | Video
Practice grounding activities to help you find a sense of calm. Instructions | Video
Create a legacy luminary to honor your loved one. Instructions | Video
Decorate a family shield to show what keeps your family strong. Instructions
Create permission slips to help you respond to big feelings. Instructions | Video
Create a worry monster to hold your worries. Instructions | Video
Play a game of round robin drawing to connect with family members. Instructions
Go on a fun scavenger hunt. Instructions
KidsZone is a monthly in-person group therapy for children aged 5–12. Each month offers a new theme and variety of activities designed for grief care for the younger age groups.
Support Over Solitude (SOS)
Support Over Solitude (S.O.S.) is a teen grief support group that is free and open to youth ages 14-18 who have lost a parent, sibling, or other significant person. Through discussion prompts and interactive activities, participants will have an opportunity to name their experiences of grief, build positive coping skills, and connect with other teens who have similar experiences.
She Shed: A Safe Space for Grieving Mothers
She Shed is a virtual group for those identifying as a maternal griever of a minor child. Interpreter services available. Online registration required. She Shed es un grupo virtual para quienes se identifican como madres afligidas por un hijo menor. Servicios de interpretación disponibles. Se requiere registro en línea.
Camp BRIGHT is a one-day camp for youth ages 5–12 who experienced the death of a significant person.
Grief techniques are creatively infused in each camp theme to create a safe, fun, loving, and educational atmosphere.