Youth Grief Services is a community service of Fairview which provides a safe and nurturing place where you and your children can turn for help after a loved one dies.
Because we understand that grieving youth often feel alone and different from their peers, Youth Grief Services assists in the healing process by offering a network of services that supports, educates and connects grieving families. Participation in our programs help create a sense of belonging and normalcy for grieving children and their parents.
Our approach to grieving children
Youth Grief Services began in 1999 after requests from community members for children's grief support—and the lack of any available resources in the southern Twin Cities metro area. 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; as well as Camp Erin, a summer camp for grieving kids.
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.
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
Just as each person’s grief is unique, we know that every situation is unique. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our website, or if you aren’t quite sure what you or your kids need, call us at 952-892-2111 or email us.