Safe Crossings Program

Providence Hospice & SCF: 28 Years of Partnership to Help Grieving Children

On May 24th, Providence Hospice awarded SCF with the 2017 Hospice Award of Distinction, commemorating our organizations’ 28-year partnership. The evening weaved history and memories with stories from current Safe Crossings Program counselors about how children work through their grief and other complicated emotions following the death of a loved one. The reception program was emceed by Gary Crum, Director of the Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation. Former Providence Director Bob Anderson reminisced on Safe Crossings’ humble beginnings. He recalled his… Read more »

A Nun on a Mission

Sister Maureen Knows Kids’ Grief Support Changes Lives Sister Maureen Newman has been involved in the Providence Ministry for over 50 years and currently works as a Provincial Counselor at Providence Hospice in Seattle. Her journey with children began shortly after graduating from Seattle University with a degree in education. After briefly teaching at St…. Read more »

Better Together // Video

BETTER TOGETHER Safe Crossings Foundation, in partnership with some fantastic organizations and generous donors, is honored to help such families as the Mohans and Pareja-Ortegas, who share their stories of loss and love in the following video, created for our 2016 Annual Luncheon. Safe Crossings | Better Together from Safe Crossings Foundation on Vimeo. Special… Read more »

Ian Williams-Buckmaster’s Grief & Healing Story

Ian Williams-Buckmaster, endured parental struggles with addiction and multiple relocations. Ultimately, both his mom and dad died young. Low self-esteem and defiance characterized a youngster who faced grown-up decisions when most kids were playing Xbox. His anger, fear, and loneliness accompanied feelings of pain and grief. Camp Erin turned Ian’s life around. Held each summer in… Read more »

Shivana the Slammer (and Jammer)

“Music is a very intimate thing to share with the world and with others. Music is a connection,” Shivana believes. She took up the violin at age four, and looks forward to this summer’s first “Slam and Jam,” where she can connect with other teens. For many of us, “slam” is a new slang term… Read more »

Why Lee’s Story Matters

Meet Lee Carswell. Born in Birmingham and educated in Liverpool, England, Lee is a successful senior manager at the consulting firm of West Monroe Partners in Seattle.  He is tall, lanky and has an easy laugh. This story has little to do with his consulting career.  Instead, he describes a loving family re-constructing their lives… Read more »

Camp Erin: A Place for Kids to Just Be Kids

The simple experience of being with other kids who have lost a loved one can be a life changing experience for grieving children. They realize that they are not alone in their grief and through forming friendships and sharing their experiences with each other, they often learn to open up in completely new ways. Camp… Read more »

Childhood Grief is Complicated

Every person certainly grieves differently, as does every child. So often, it becomes all too easy as a parent or adult close to a child to unintentionally overlook the child’s struggles with life as well as death. Children are the greatest observers and the greatest absorbers. They notice many of the little things that adults often… Read more »

SCF at Work: The Sayyid Family

Here at the Safe Crossings Foundation we provide the funding to ensure that children who have lost a loved one find a safe place to feel supported, accepted and understood through Safe Crossings Programs. We understand that grief, while it may be an incredibly common emotion, is not always the easiest to deal with. The… Read more »