SandCastles

Grief support for children and families

Henry Ford Hospice created the SandCastles Grief Support Program to provide grieving children and families the opportunity to come together for nurturing and strength as they learn to cope with the loss of a loved one.

SandCastles works to provide a safe and comforting environment for children and teens, ages 3-18, to grieve their loss and to find within themselves their natural capacity to heal. Participation in group activities with peers supports the healing process by helping young people to accept grief as a normal response to loss.

With the support of staff, volunteers, peers and family members, children and teens are encouraged to honor the loved one who has died, while expressing their grief in a manner that is uniquely their own. Families are encouraged to take part in the program for as long as they feel the need. There is no time limit to grief, and SandCastles honors this idea.

Call 313-771-7005 to speak with a staff member about a program in your area. Or make a donation to support our SandCastles program.

Helping Grieving Kids: SandCastles Year-Round Program

Peer Support Group Meetings are held at seven locations across Metro Detroit for children who have lost a loved one.

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Joining SandCastles

SandCastles is an open-ended program, with enrollment available free of charge throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities are available as well. Pre-registration is required.

SandCastles meeting information

SandCastles meetings occur on the following schedule.

  • Clinton Township - Twice a month on Mondays
  • Detroit - Twice a month on Mondays
  • Livonia - Twice a month on Thursdays
  • Rochester - Twice a month on Wednesdays
  • St. Clair Shores - Twice a month on Thursdays
  • Southfield - Twice a month on Tuesdays
  • West Bloomfield - Twice a month on Thursdays

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For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email CommunicationAccess@hfhs.org.

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