Our staff

Lisa Hansen and Jenny Simmonds

Our staff is experienced and ready to help

Youth Grief Services, a program of Fairview Health Services, has been serving grieving families since 1999.

Helping families struggling with the death of a loved one is an integral part of Fairview's commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and their families.

Our program is managed by a master's level counselor and master's level educator who both have special training in grief work. Our program relies on a trained and dedicated pool of caring volunteers.

Program coordinators
Jenny Simmonds joined Youth Grief Services in 2007. As program leader, Jenny brings a wealth of experience as a facilitator for educational and support groups with kids and families. Jenny is an accomplished writer and has published a curriculum on children in change. She also has written other curriculum activities on grief and loss.

Lisa Hansen has worked with Youth Grief Services since 2000. Lisa possesses extensive knowledge of childhood grief and relates easily to children, thanks to her warm and caring nature.

Group volunteers
Our program’s success is largely based on the quality of our volunteers. They come from all walks of life, but many have had personal experience with grief that has kindled their desire to help. Some became volunteers after participating in our support programs. All of our volunteers pass a background check with the state of Minnesota and go through our intensive training program.

At Youth Grief Services, our staff and volunteer team work together to ensure that grieving youth and their families find the support and education they need. This work creates a community where needs of grieving children and teens are understood and met.

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