Grief & Bereavement for Adults & Kids
Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation
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Hospice Care & Compassion FundYour gift to the Hospice Care and Compassion Fund allows us to be flexible and responsive to the needs of our community, including services for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.
Safe Crossings Children's Grief Support ProgramSafe Crossings is a specialized grief support program for children and teens. It's the most comprehensive program of its kind in King County.
Camp Erin®-King CountyCamp Erin®-King County is a free, overnight camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
Losing his grandma was like losing a parent
Camille Murphy was born and raised in Seattle. She worked at the telephone company for over 35 years. In fact, she was one of the original telephone operators. “My mom was kind, thoughtful, and forgiving,” said her daughter, Danielle. “At her memorial service, a woman came up to me and said ‘I’m a better person because I knew your mother.’ ”
Most of all, Camille loved being a grandma to her grandson, Ousman (Danielle’s son). “She was like a third parent to him,” explained Danielle. “She volunteered at his school. Helped out with all his activities. She was a strong presence in his life. They were very close.”
So when Camille died from cancer, it left a huge hole in Ousman’s life. He was just 9 years old. Danielle knew her son needed help. Someone to talk to. So she reached out to Providence Hospice of Seattle and their grief program for kids.
For the next six months, a counselor from Providence Hospice met with Ousman. They talked about how he was coping with his grandma’s death and what his fears were. The counselor used art and play to help Ousman express himself. He looked forward to the sessions.
“Because of the help he got from Providence, he was able to express his thoughts and feelings better. He learned that his feelings were normal and that it’s okay to grieve and cry. He didn’t feel alone,” shared Danielle.