Children's Grief Support Groups

Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, all in person and group counseling sessions are suspended until further notice.  Support from a Grief Counselor is still available by phone by calling 719-884-6530.  Leave a message and a Counselor will call you back. 

Tell Them It's Okay...

Children's  Grief Circle

Kids Need Your Permission to Grieve

Kids are like the rest of us.They don't know how to grieve.What's harder for a child is that they may be burying their feelings to protect you, or perhaps just are unable to express them.There are both healthy and unhealthy ways to grieve.Unhealthy grieving can have lasting effects, but not if you take steps to help.The first one is simple: Tell them, "It's okay to grieve."  

Children's and Teens' Grief Support at Pikes Peak Hospice

Talking about your feelings is essential to any grief recovery; for kids, giving words to their grief is often difficult. Helping children through the stages of grief requires special expertise, resources, and care. The Children's and Teens' Grief Support Program at Pikes Peak Hospice is designed to create an atmosphere that is emotionally safe; so kids can explore and express their feelings.   

Children's groups are available at no cost to children related to Pikes Peak Hospice patients, and, when space is available, to kids throughout the community for a fee. Grief Counselors and trained volunteers work with children ages 3 to 18 in age-appropriate small groups. 

Sessions include a mix of group interaction, age appropriate play, physical activities, and time with the Grief Counselor and volunteers.The Children's Grief Counseling Rooms are bright and colorful -- filled with toys, a puppet theater and other therapeutic tools to help children explore their experience of grief and loss. This is a place where healing can begin.

Half day Grief Camps are often offered in the summer. We partner with local organizations like the YMCA and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to offer unique opportunities for fun and support for grieving children. Please call 719-633-3400 for more information.   

Your Role

Kids need adults to facilitate a healthy grieving process. For every child in our program, there is an  adult working in parallel to understand their role in helping the child grieve in a healthy manner. Parents or guardians attend an adult education group during their child's session. With information and guidance of a Pikes Peak Hospice Grief Counselor, parents and guardians learn how to support their family in moving forward after loss.   

Did You Know?
  • All children grieve, even infants grieve.
  • Kids experience the same emotions as adults when grieving.
  • A child's understanding of death and approach to grieving will vary based on their age and personality.
  • Just because a child says he or she is okay doesn't mean they aren't hurting; kids often cannot verbalize their grief, but instead exhibit it through a change in behavior.
  • Children need permission to express their feelings surrounding grief.
  • Children grieve cyclically; they may grieve intensely for short periods of time and seem to recover before the grief returns.
  • Developmental stages or life events can retrigger a child's grief.
  • A child's work is actually play, and their grief work is no different; children use play to work through their grief.
Taking the First Step

For additional information or to access services, please call 719-633-3400 and ask to speak with a Grief Counselor, or contact us by submitting our website form. 

What Our Families Say

What you all do is amazing.  Thank you for all your help, support and guidance for my mother and family.  It was such a gift and a blessing to be with my mom and take care of her and to have her at home with my daughter and I.  We will never forget your kindness.  Thank you! ~ Patient's family

The services my husband and I received during his last stages of life were invaluable to us.  His primary wish at the end was to be at home.  I was very afraid that I couldn't grant that wish, but with the help of Pikes Peak Hospice he was able to be at home, where he was comfortable, until the very end.  I am also truly thankful for the grief counseling that you provided to me. ~ Patient's wife

Thank you for all your assistance during this time and for the care of my mother.  There are not enough compliments to give for the support, knowledge, bedside manner, courtesy and kindness. ~ Patient's daughter


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