About Bridges

Supporting Bereaved Children and Families

Our Mission

We believe that every family who has experienced a loss should be able grieve in a compassionate, informed environment. Through age-appropriate support groups led by trained facilitators, we provide a safe place for children and families to heal.

Our History

BRIDGES was established in 1988 to support the special needs of children in our community struggling to reconcile the serious illness or death of a family member. Lack of support and feelings of isolation can result in unresolved grief, which adversely affects children’s health and emotional well-being. It’s our aim that no child grieves alone.

Part of the continuum of care offered by Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center, we offer one of the only bereavement programs in the Pacific Northwest. Since opening our doors, we have served more than 5,400 children from more than 3,200 families.

Our Staff

Lisa Duke, MSW, Family Support Coordinator
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Amy VanZandt, M.Ed., LMHCA, Health Educator
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Darren Wenz, LICSW, CT, BRIDGES Coordinator
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Heather Neal, LICSW, CT, Supervisor Grief and Loss Services
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