Safe Crossings is a program for children who are facing or have experienced the loss of a loved one. They offer many different types of support including phone consultations, grief support groups, activities and workshops, and individual sessions in the office, home, or school setting.The program is made available to any child in King and South Snohomish Counties at no charge.
The Safe Crossings Children’s Grief Program is operated and managed by Providence Hospice of Seattle and staffed by social workers with significant experience working with children and families facing a range of difficult life issues. Services are provided through a variety of mechanisms, including:
- Counseling for children, parents, and extended families both before and after the death of a loved one provided in individual and group settings: grief support groups for children and teens, many held during the school day in over two dozen local schools; crisis response (consultations, grief education, discussion groups, etc.) to public and private schools after the sudden death of a student, staff member, or parent.
- Camps: a weekend grief camp held in the fall (Camp Erin®-King County) for children and teenagers; family day camps held in the summer for grieving children and teens to come together, along with their families, for education, play, and support in an outdoor setting.
- Miscellaneous events: a spring and summer picnic for children, teens, and their families to celebrate the seasons and honor loved one who have died; a winter bonfire at Alki Beach held after a teen gathering to brainstorm future events.
- Community outreach: a training curriculum developed by Safe Crossings that addresses best practices in children’s grief counseling, and is made available to area professionals for continuing education credits; one-on-one consultation with educators, counselors, and other health care professionals who are supporting a family facing the loss of a parent or child; partnering with other community service providers as appropriate.