Our mission at SandCastles is to provide a caring place for children, teens and their families who have experienced a death. SandCastles offers quality community-based family grief services, which encourage peer support and are enhanced by educational outreach.
We believe that every child, teen and family member deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment. Grief has many forms and is a natural reaction to a death for children, teens and adults. Each individual has the natural capacity to heal oneself along their own journey in their grief. Their own duration, expression, and intensity of grief is unique for each individual and having support from other’s and acceptance can help assist in the healing process. Overall, society needs a better understanding and education on the grieving process.
We are a non-profit organization under Henry Ford Hospice and Palliative Care. We raise money for our yearly budget in order to provide FREE services to all of our families throughout Metro-Detroit. Our services include bi-weekly support groups for children 3-18 and their families at all 8 locations. Our locations include: St. Clair Shores, Livonia, Clinton Twp., Rochester, Detroit, West Bloomfield, Southfield and Downriver. We also run our annual Camp Erin-Detroit every August. It is a children’s grief camp for children 1st-12th grade. We have over 100 volunteers who help make our programs possible. They go through 4 days of training and facilitate different age groups at site. We cannot express how much we cherish our volunteers.
By spreading awareness on the importance of children’s grief, we can gain volunteers and serve more families. Grief is universal and death affects everyone; however, there are not many places where children and their families can express their grief and what they are going through.
I truly hope you will consider giving back to SandCastles to help spread awareness on how crucial it is for children, teens and families to grieve. If anything, please watch our Giving Day video and Camp video where our site families advocate for the importance of children’s grief resources. You can visit our website at AboutSandCastles.org to watch both video clips.
You too, can make a difference one healing heart at a time. <3