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Bridges program wins City of Destiny Award for service
Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children won a City of Destiny Award from the City of Tacoma for its work with children who experience the death of a parent or sibling.
The family grief support center will receive the Corporate award during a ceremony to honor local volunteers for their service to the community on May 11.
Bridges and the volunteers who support the organization serve families with children ages 4 -18 who have experienced the death of a close family member. They offer peer support groups facilitated by trained volunteers. Dozens of volunteers work with families at Bridges and supporting Camp Erin, an annual three-day camp for kids ages 6-17.
“Kids deal with grief differently than adults do,” said Heather Neal, supervisor for Grief and Loss Services at Bridges. “We offer them a supportive and understanding environment where they can reconcile the death and begin to heal.”
The City of Destiny Award puts it this way:
“One of Tacoma’s greatest strengths is its safety net of resources for those in need. When families in Tacoma are impacted by overwhelming tragedy, they don’t have to stumble through it alone. The community volunteers at ‘Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children’ are trained in adult and family grief dynamics. And, since 1988, they’ve been providing a safe, supportive haven that makes healing a little bit easier.”
Bridges offers several support groups:
- Parent loss bereavement support groups
- Sibling loss bereavement support groups
- Discoveries: A support group for children 4 - 18 who are living with someone who is chronically, critically or seriously ill
- Crossings: A bereavement support group for children who have experienced the violent death or suicide of a parent
For more information call, Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children at 253-272-8266.
Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children is a service of MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The organization is one of many family-friendly support offerings from Mary Bridge.
Posted on May 6, 2010 in