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BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children

Support Groups for Children Grieving an Illness or Death

The Pennell Family BRIDGES Story

BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children, gives children and their families a safe place to grieve. Children like Avery and Colin, who lost their mom to cancer when they were just 5 and 7 years old.

BRIDGES is a grief support center serving families with children ages 4 through 18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, relative or friend or have someone in their life living with a serious diagnosis. We offer peer support groups facilitated by trained volunteers.

We offer a support program just for children because they grieve differently than adults. We believe that every family member is entitled to the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, informed and understanding environment. It's our hope that the children we serve will reconcile the death, and growth and healing will occur.

Support services are available at the BRIDGES' main location in Tacoma, as well as at the Children’s Therapy Unit on the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital campus in Puyallup.

BRIDGES' grief support groups include:

  • Parent loss bereavement support groups
  • Sibling loss bereavement support groups
  • BRIDGES East:  Parent or sibling loss bereavement groups meeting in Puyallup
  • DISCOVERIES: A support group for children ages 4 through 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
  • PASSAGES: A bereavement support group for children who have experienced the death of a relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin) or friend

Our support groups are age and developmentally appropriate. We use discussion and specifically designed activities to help children through the grieving process.

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BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children


BRIDGES - Tacoma
Mary Bridge Children's Health Center

Physical Address:
311 S. L St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
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Children's Therapy Unit

Physical Address:
402 15 Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 5299
MS:  311-1-BRID
Tacoma, WA 98415