a resource for children who have lost someone
Understanding the loss of someone close and getting beyond the trauma and grief is very difficult for anyone – especially young people. Griefbusters can help.
Griefbusters, which started in 1984 with 10 volunteers and now has more than 300 serving Monterey and San Benito counties, has won National Hospice Organization awards and is used as a model by hospice throughout the United States. Hospice of the Central Coast’s national-award-winning program gently guides young people and their families through the grieving process.
Griefbusters provide support to children and teens ages 4-18 that have lost someone or are dealing with anticipatory grief for someone with a serious illness. Research shows it takes one caring adult to make a difference in a child’s coping experience, and that’s where Griefbusters can help. Learn more by calling (831) 649-7758.
Specially trained volunteers work one-to-one or in groups with young people experiencing:
- Death of a family member
- Death of a classmate or friend
- Terminal illness of a family member or friend
- National and community tragedies such as shootings, natural disaster, or war
If the child needs professional counseling, referrals are available.