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Helping Kids and Teens Grieve

When a child experiences the death of someone important, the loss can have a tremendous impact on the child’s life at home, with friends and at school, both now and in the future. Children grieve differently than adults and often need help understanding and expressing their feelings during such a confusing time. At Care Dimensions, we specialize in helping children mourn and cope with death – preparing them prior to the loss and supporting them after.

Our children’s program provides emotional support to patients and families, and also supports children in the community. We offer one-to-one and family consultations, and host dedicated support groups for children and teens in a safe and calming atmosphere. A trusted resource to the community, we also offer training and guidance during crisis situations and in response to local and national issues.

Most services are provided free of charge, whether or not the person you're grieving received care from Care Dimensions.

Services for Children

We support children, families and childcare and education professionals by providing:

Download our "Children, Teens and Grief: A Guide for Families" booklet.

National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG)

In 2018, Care Dimensions joined NACG, a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families.

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Support Groups

Led by experienced child life and bereavement professionals, our support groups bring children together to share feelings, console one another, or simply to observe and listen. Our Children’s Program runs bi-monthly groups throughout the school year. Families can register in the early-Fall and mid-Winter. Led by experienced child life, expressive arts, and bereavement professionals, these groups provide children ages 4 to 18 with support, a sense of community, and an opportunity to express themselves. Children are divided into three age groups (typically ages 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18), and a concurrent “Raising Grieving Children” program is offered to parents/guardians. Please call 855-774-5100 for more information.

Child Life Specialist

Our certified child life specialists provides support to not only the children of our adult hospice patients, but also to our pediatric patients receiving hospice care. Using age-appropriate activities including books, games, and arts and crafts, the child life specialists help children process their feelings and fears in a safe environment and gives them strategies for coping with their grief and emotions.

Supporting Care Dimensions’ Bereavement Programs

Community support makes it possible for us to provide most of our services without charge, enabling anyone in the community to access the support they need, whether or not the person they are grieving was a Care Dimensions patient. Consider supporting us as a volunteer or with your tax deductible donation. With your help, we can continue our mission of healing.

You are invited to honor your loved one through one of Care Dimensions’ commemorative fundraising efforts such as our Memorial Donations, Tribute program or Tree of Lights. To learn more, visit Ways to Give.

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How to Support Your Child When Visiting a Hospice Patient

March 6, 2024 by Care Dimensions Children’s Program Staff

Care Dimensions child life specialists offer tips for parents to prepare their children for visits with loved ones who are receiving hospice care.

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What to Say to a Grieving Child

November 16, 2023 by Samantha McCarthy, MS, CCLS, and Sarah Bujold, MS, CCLS

Tips on what to say -- and what not to say -- to a child who is grieving the death of someone important to them.

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7 Tips for Explaining End of Life to Children

March 2, 2023 by Sammy McCarthy MS, CCLS, and Sarah Bujold MS, CCLS

In observance of Child Life Month, two Care Dimensions child life specialists provide seven tips for talking to children about death and dying.

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8 Tips for Raising Grieving Children

January 30, 2023 by Samantha McCarthy, MS, CCLS, and Sarah Bujold, MS, CCLS

Here are eight tips that parents can use to help their grieving children cope with death and loss.

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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

November 16, 2022 by Samantha McCarthy

Posting to social media is one of the ways grieving teens may choose to remember a person they've lost. These platforms can be a great outlet for connecting, empowering, advocating and remembering if they have proper support and oversight.

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4 Ways to Support Children During Disturbing Times

May 25, 2022 by Care Dimensions Children's Program Staff

It is complicated for adults to wrap our heads around what has been happening in our world, and it can be confusing to know how to talk to our children about it. Avoiding the topic doesn’t make it go away. We encourage you to speak openly as a family about the recent events. This articles lists four ways parents can help their children deal with frightening news.

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Q & A: How to Help Grieving Children

March 16, 2022 by Care Dimensions Children’s Program Staff

In observance of Child Life Month, here are some common questions Care Dimensions child life specialists handle when helping parents of children who have someone important receiving hospice care or has already died.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore,  has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.

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