Tools and Resources For Professionals​

As a professional working with a child who is dealing with the death of a loved one, you may feel ill equipped to help a grieving child. Safe Crossings Foundation is here to help with educational materials, grants, and professional development. 

Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Safe Crossings Foundation hosts an annual conference on childhood grief each spring. We focus on educating grief support providers and members of our community on new techniques and trends in the field of children’s grief support. Our intention is to build community by sharing ideas and leaning together in a supportive and welcoming environment. 

Community Grantmaking Initiative

2021 Grant Applications

Safe Crossings Foundation accepts LOI’s from organizations supporting grieving children in August, with final grant applications due in October, and funding decisions made in December. 

Resources For Professionals

As a professional working with a child who is dealing with the death of a loved one, you may feel ill equipped on how to help a grieving child. You also may be looking for programs in the Puget Sound that provide individual, group or camp experiences specifically for grieving children and teens. The list of articles and links to other organizations listed below are resources to help you as you companion a child through the grief process.

Regional Services

Name

Location

Description

Youth Eastside Services

(425) 827-4937


Bellevue

Youth Eastside Services provides counseling, substance abuse treatment, education and prevention, and psychiatric services in East King County. We work with youth ages birth to 22 and their families.

Swedish/Edmonds Bereavement Program

(425) 640-4404

Edmonds

For people who are looking for a safe, confidential place to discuss the death of a loved one, and how they are coping.

Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center

(425) 899-1077

Kirkland

Provides peer support groups for children and teens. Parents meet separately in their own group. Art, music, storytelling, and ritual are part of the healing process.

SoundCareKids

(360) 493-5928 or (877) 620-3286

Olympia

Offers a support program for children, adolescents and their families who are coping with a family member’s serious illness or grieving a loved one’s death.


Wild Grief

(360)358-3213


Olympia

Leads safe, supportive wilderness trips for youth who are grieving a death, providing a unique experience of connection, support and challenge to help them heal.

Art with Heart

(206) 362-4047

Seattle

Creates and distributes therapeutic books, supportive trainings and programs to help children dealing with the stress and strain of hardship and trauma.

Cancer Lifeline

(206) 297-2100

Seattle

Offers free classes, consultations, 24-hour support line, and community center for individuals and families who are living with cancer.

Seattle Children's Hospital - Journey Program

(206) 987-2062

Seattle

Provides individual, couple and family support following the death of a child whether or not the child was cared for by Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Cancer Pathways (Formerly known as Gilda's Club)

(206) 709-1400

Seattle

Provides education and emotional support resources for anyone touched by cancer. Free of charge support groups, classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, and social events.

Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

(206) 744-1600

Seattle

Provides services to help persons impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

The Healing Center

(206) 523-1206

Seattle

Provides a safe environment for people to move through their grief. Support groups for widowed men and women, teens and children; individual counseling services and family support.

Inspire Youth Project (formerly Rise n’ Shine)

(206) 628-8949

Seattle

Provides emotional support and advocacy to children and teens at risk through support groups, mentor program, summer camp and teen program. Special programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Safe Crossings Program & Camp Erin-King County

Safe Crossings Program (206) 320-4000

Camp Erin-King County (206) 749-7723

Seattle

Provides services to children and families dealing with the terminal illness and/or death of a loved one from anticipatory stages of grief and throughout the bereavement process in the form of individual and group support sessions.

Virgina Mason Grief Services

(206) 223-6398

Seattle

Provides counseling, psychiatric assessment and medication management to those who have lost loved ones due to sudden, violent death; primarily homicide survivors.

Crisis Connections

(206) 461-8368

Seattle

Formally Forefront Cares, Crisis Connections, formerly known as Crisis Clinic, was founded is one of the oldest Crisis Lines in the nation, and home to five programs focused on serving the emotional and physical needs of individuals across Washington State.

The Compassionate Friends

(206) 241-1139

Seattle

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish

(425) 261-4800.

Snohomish

Provides grief support and education for adults and children.

Bridges

(253) 403-1966

Tacoma

Offers support groups for children ages 4–18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling or who are living with someone who is seriously ill.

National Services

Name

Description

Eluna

Eluna launched the first Camp Erin in 2002 in Snohomish, WA. Camp Erin has since grown into the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. In 2015, Camp Erin served 3,000 kids during 51 sessions at 46 camp locations. Recognizing that the grief journey for these families does not end after the last s’more, Eluna recently launched a robust online library inviting visitors to receive a personalized set of resources, as well as a warm hand-off to hundreds of well-vetted, local and national support organizations. Visit the Eluna Resource Center by clicking here.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. The NAGC provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


1.800.SUICIDE or 1.800.273.TALK

National Youth Crisis Hotline


1.800.442.HOPE

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