BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children

The Pennell Family Story


Support for Families Grieving an Illness or Death

BRIDGES provides a safe place for you and your child to grieve. We support families with children between the ages of 4 and 18 who are coping with a loved one’s serious diagnosis or who have experienced the death of someone they care about.

We offer services for children because they grieve differently than adults. Children grieve over the course of their whole development. It’s vital they feel supported as they come to understand the illness or death of someone close to them.

How We Support You

We offer the following services to help families navigate illness and grief. Camp Erin and our all of our peer support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers.   

  Discoveries Program: Support for coping with a family member’s serious illness.

BRIDGES: Bereavement support following the death of a parent or sibling.

Passages: Bereavement support following the death of an extended family member or friend.

Camp Erin: Grief support and education for children through a three-day camp experience.

Contact us at 253-403-1966 or learn more about how we can help by watching the video of the Pennell family, who lost a loved one to cancer.