Upcoming Group Sessions

Each group meets for 4 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays.

Children’s Equine Grief Therapy Camp

Tuesdays, July 18 – August 8
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Children explore their grief in a natural setting, away from the business and noise of the city. These sessions are particularly helpful for children who struggle putting their feelings into words. Connecting with nature and animals decreases stress levels, creates a calm environment and reduces anxiety.

Children’s Group Session 1

February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Children’s Group Session 2

April 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Support Group Details

  • Additional sessions are available on a fee-per-session basis.
  • Parents can also consult with a counselor about how to best support children through the experience of loss.
  • We offer helpful handouts with information and tips for supporting children, and can provide referrals when needed.

Please call Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, Center for Grief and Loss 719-633-3400 (option 5), or email at BereavementTeam@pikespeakhospice.org for more information.

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 their experience of loss may require 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 and model a healthy grieving process. A children’s group provides an opportunity for the child to learn about difficult feelings and know that they are not alone. 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

The entire hospice team exceeded our expectations always going above and beyond. They are the most amazing group of people. I can't even put into words how much we appreciate them. They were always very caring, patient and sincere. We could not have managed the process without them. We will never forget you and are forever grateful. Thank you. ~ Patient’s daughter

Everyone who came to attend to my wife were all fantastic caregivers and I cannot praise your hospice staff enough. I was so thankful you were there. ~ Patient’s husband

I could not have asked for a more caring set of people to help us through this difficult time. ~ Patient’s family

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