Wissahickon Hospice's David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program provides emotional support for young people who have lost a significant person in their lives, and guides them through the bereavement process in a safe, sensitive environment that caters directly to their needs.

Children from David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program making silly faces.

David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program

When it comes to loss of life, children have special needs - they do not have the same avenues or outlets as adults to express their grief, or the experience to understand all they are feeling.

For children ages 2 to 18, our David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program offers:

  • Individual grief counseling in the home, provided by a certified social worker trained to work with children – for children in our patients' families
  • Phone consultations - open to any child in the community
  • Workshops - providing discussion, art, play and other activities
  • For local community groups, churches and schools, our counselors and chaplains are available for consultations, facilitating group discussions and serving as speakers on bereavement or end-of-life topics.

Grief Reach: Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun

Children from David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program cooking in commercial kitchen and smilingThe loss of a family member can be devastating to a young family, as each member struggles to reconnect with the world and with one another. Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Grief Reach is program for young families who are on that journey of discovering the new "normal" for their family. Open to families in their second year of loss, Grief Reach offers family activities that encourage reconnection, and creating new memories as a family, while remembering their loved one. All events are offered free of charge.

To refer a family or learn more, contact Sarah.Abramovitz@uphs.upenn.edu.

Donate to the Grief Reach Program Fund

Camp Erin-Philadelphia

Camp Erin-Philadelphia is open to children ages 6-17 who experienced the death of someone important in their lives. For more information visit Camp Erin-Philadelphia.

Support the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program

The success of the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program depends primarily on the generosity of those who want to invest in the healthy future of a grieving child.

Learn more about funding opportunities to help support the program

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