Our approach to grieving children
Youth Grief Services began in 1999 as Minnesota Valley Youth Grief Services. Requests from community members for children's grief support—and the lack of any available resources in the southern Twin Cities metro area—led to its development.
Over the years, our commitment to help grieving families has remained steadfast and has expanded to included families from all over the state.
We offer a range of grief support and education services for children grieving the death of a loved one and for the adults who care for them. Those services include a regular youth and adult grief support and education series; telephone support; as well as Camp Erin, a summer camp for grieving kids.
We also provide grief education and presentations for organizations interested in learning more about childhood grief or supporting the grieving children they serve.
We are here to help
As a community service of Fairview, all our services are offered free of charge. Our work reflects Fairview’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.
Our goal is to ensure that the needs of grieving youth are recognized, understood and met—both within their family and within their community.
Our volunteer facilitators, with their commitment and passion, help make this program possible. They receive extensive training in the use of our grief curriculum and in how to create a caring and supportive environment for kids.
Our curriculum uses age-appropriate activities to help youth learn about death and grief through experiential learning techniques such as art, games, discussion and play.
What we believe
At Youth Grief Services, we believe:
- grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one
- children and teens grieve differently than adults—in different ways and over different time periods
- just as each person is unique, so is each person’s grief
Children and teens are naturally able to heal from a loss, especially when they:
- feel supported
- learn about grief
- are given the opportunity to share their story and experiences with other grieving youth