Welcome to Suncoast Kidís Place!
The Suncoast Kidís Place provides support for children, teens and their families following the death of a loved one through peer support groups and education. Our goal is to offer support in a safe place where children, teens and families can share their experience as they move through their grief process.
After extensive research, the internationally known Dougy Center of Portland, Oregon, was selected as the model for the Suncoast Kidís Place.
We are part of The Dougy Centers National Children's Grief Network.
Suncoast Kidís Place is A Community Service of Van Dyke Church.
The mission of the Center is to provide support for children/teens from 3-18 years of age and their families, who have experienced the death of a parent, primary caretaker, grandparent, brother, sister, or teen friend, because of illness, accident, suicide or homicideÖas an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ.
Why is Suncoast Kid's Place
The Suncoast Kidís Place is founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment. However, our society fails to understand or support the needs of a child and family in grief.
Based on these beliefs, the six principles of the Suncoast Kidís Place are:
Suncoast Kidís Place is committed to providing support for all of these components of the grief process.
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