About Courageous Kids
Courageous Kids is a grief support program for youth (1st-12th grades), and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Since 1995, over 4000 people have participated in Courageous Kids' weekly support groups, theater troupes, and summer camps.
Adults sometimes want to protect children from the facts of a death, thinking children may become too upset. However, children and teens, who don't grieve the death of someone significant in their lives, can develop physical and emotional problems. The mission of Courageous Kids is to provide a developmentally appropriate, caring, and accepting atmosphere to normalize a child's thoughts and emotions related to grief and loss.
Through art therapy, drama, sand play, and discussion groups, youths may give voice to thoughts and feelings, remember loved ones, and tell their stories. Courageous Kids activities emphasize ways for children and teens to give and receive support from each other.
Courageous Kids programs also provide peer support and education about children’s grief for caregivers/parents.
Courageous Kids' programming is funded through PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospice, grants, and donations, making services free of charge to all families.