Tools and resources for families
As the Puget Sound’s most comprehensive resource for children’s grief services, Safe Crossings Foundation (SCF) is dedicated to helping grieving children after the death of a loved one.
Through a rigorous research and evaluation process, we identify proven programs around the region that each have a profound impact on the healing process of bereaved kids in our community.
While continuing to invest in our tried-and-true partner organizations, we also strive to identify gaps in services in order to provide funding to fill those gaps, reaching even more children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to find support.
Thanks to our generous donors, SCF is able to ease the fundraising burden on these programs with the vision that all families and children will be able to access the support they need at little to no cost.
Safe Crossings Foundation funds the following programs:
Please click the links for more information on each.
Camp Erin-King County is a weekend, overnight camp for kids and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one. Camp Erin-King County is free of charge to all participants.
Crisis Connections, formerly known as Crisis Clinic, was founded in 1964. They are 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.
Wild Grief believes in the healing poser of both nature and peer support. At Wild Grief, they combine the two, providing guided hikes at all levels, hour-long, day-long, and multi-day experiences all focused on supporting each other while through grief. Their motto is “Go Outside, Go Together, Go Through It.”
The Healing Center
The Healing Center is a grief-support community for children, teens, and families. Their community offers a unique, long-term, multifaceted approach to grief support, combining individual and group support with informal events and social networks.
Safe Crossings Program - Providence Hospice of Seattle
Providence Hospice of Seattle, is a community based hospice ministry, serving seriously ill patients in all of King County, Washington. They provide comprehensive and compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual care to people nearing the end of their lives. Safe Crossings Program focuses that care on the children and families affected by the death through individual, peer, and school counseling programs. They have programs dedicated to anticipatory grief, traumatic loss, and so much more.
Art with heart
Art with Heart is dedicated to helping children and teens overcome trauma through creative expression. They are the creative minds behind Oodles of Doodles and Chill & Spill as well as other evidence-based, therapeutic books and programs that help children that are struggling through illness, divorce, violence, or the loss of someone important to them.
Seattle Children’s Journey program helps families navigate the death of a child. They focus on family support and offer specific programs for African American and Spanish speaking families.
As a parent or guardian of a child who is dealing with the death of a loved one, you may feel ill equipped on what to say or how to provide support. The links listed below are resources to help you as you walk the path to healing beside a grieving child.
List of Books to Read provided by Safe Crossings Program/PHOS
Did someone close to you die? You are not the only one! Lots of other kids have experienced the death of someone they love. You might have a lot of scary feelings, but there are things you can do that will help. Here are a few things you can try:
As a teen experiencing the death of a loved one, your unsettled life may be further complicated by intense emotions, fluctuating hormones, and changing relationships with friends and family. If you are a teen and are trying to process the loss of a loved one, these resources and links to other organizations below are for you.
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan Wolfelt
If Only by Carole Geithner
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.
For people who are looking for a safe, confidential place to discuss the death of a loved one, and how they are coping.
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.
(360) 493-5928 or (877) 620-3286
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.
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.
Creates and distributes therapeutic books, supportive trainings and programs to help children dealing with the stress and strain of hardship and trauma.
Offers free classes, consultations, 24-hour support line, and community center for individuals and families who are living with cancer.
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.
Provides education and emotional support resources for anyone touched by cancer. Free of charge support groups, classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, and social events.
Provides services to help persons impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.
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.
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 (206) 320-4000
Camp Erin-King County (206) 749-7723
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.
Provides counseling, psychiatric assessment and medication management to those who have lost loved ones due to sudden, violent death; primarily homicide survivors.
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 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.
Provides grief support and education for adults and children.
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.
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.
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.
1.800.SUICIDE or 1.800.273.TALK