Programs in Michigan

The Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region*
P.O. Box 2763
Midland, MI 48641-2763
We offer peer support grief groups for children, teens and their families grieving a death. We are trained by and modeled after the Dougy Center. We started our first groups in September 2014 and we have two groups in Midland and one in Saginaw that meet twice/month throughout the school year. We have an adult group that meets concurrently for caregivers of kids in our groups. We offer our services at no charge and rely upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, Professional organizations and local grants and foundations to fund our services.

Ele's Place*
1145 W. Oakland Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915
(517) 482-1315

Ele's Place*
5665 Hines Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 929-6640

Ele's Place*
2000 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 301-1605
Ele's Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support group programs, Ele's Place helps children to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
 Three branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing areas and beyond

Gabby's Ladder, Inc.*
431 East Elm Avenue
Monroe, MI 48162
Gabby’s Ladder provides guiding steps and loving support in a safe place to grieving children, teens, adults and families as they move through grief and find their way to healing.  Gabby’s Ladder extends grief education and support services to schools, churches and the community.

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids*
1806 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8300
We provide professionally led grief support for children who have experienced any type of death and for their supportive adults.

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan*
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100    
Kalamazoo, MI 49007    
(269) 345-0273
Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan offers grief support to our community, free of charge. Journeys: A Path to Healing, is a an open-ended peer support for grieving children and teens. 

Lory's Place*
445 Upton Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-2707
Lory's Place is a family service center whose mission is to provide peer support group services for grieving children and their families. The Center is a focal point for raising awareness and supporting the needs of children and adults who grieve.  Lory's Place provides a safe, comforting atmosphere in which grief healing can take place following the death of a family member or important friend.

Michael's Place*
1212 Veterans Dr.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 947-6453
Michael's Place provides grief support services to children, teens, adults, and families following the death of a loved one.  The organization works in the regional community and beyond to provide training and presentations on children's grief, how to help those who are grieving, grief in the workplace, and school grief crisis.

New Hope Center for Grief Support*
145 N. Center St, Suite E
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 348-0115
New Hope is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring hope, healing, and new beginnings to adults and children grieving the death of a loved one. We provide peer support groups and various programming and resources for children, teens, adults and families in Southeast Michigan communities and more.

Henry Ford SandCastles Grief Support Program*
1 Ford Place, 4A
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 874-6881 
SandCastles Grief Support Program serves grieving children, teens and families in an open-ended support group program at seven sites across Southeast Michigan.  Year round groups offer families a place to share, cope and heal with peers.  SandCastles also offers school based groups in the Detroit metropolitan area.  SandCastles Camp serves children annually each August.  Grief education and training is offered year round to the community.  Current site locations include:

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
Livonia, MI 48150
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
Rochester, MI 48309
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
Southfield, MI 48076
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Grief Support Program*
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(313) 874-6881

SandCastles Camp* (annual weekend camp held in August)
Ortonville, MI 
(313) 874-6881

Starlight Ministries, Inc.*
3376 Central Avenue
Hudsonville, MI  49426
(616) 662-1999
Provide Christ-centered peer to peer grief support to children and families. Additional programming is offered for families at our Family Care Center including "Make a Memory" Workshop, Adult Bible Study, exercise classes, teen nights and more. Additionally, we offer off site fun family events to help families create new memories together.

Students of AMF at Central Michigan University*
National Students of AMF Support Network 
1200 South Franklin Street                               
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
(919) 803-6728

Susie Q's Kids*
Dr Mary Welsh
13116 Iowa Drive
Warren, MI 48088
United States
(248) 220-6846

Susie Q's Kids, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides comfort bags to kids in need. Our comfort bags are provided to other nonprofits for distribution to kids in their programs such as hospitals, shelters, foster care, and those grieving the loss of loved one. We hope to brighten and inspire the lives of children in need "One comfort bag at a time". Dr. Mary Welsh authored several grief books, the profits support Susie Q's Kids programming. The foundation of her work is based on the Four Aspects of Positive Reflection: to remember, to reflect, to recreate (your new normal) and to relate (to practice self-care, helping others, and giving back within the community). Learn more:

Anchors Programs for Children
Hospice of Michigan

400 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(888) 247-5704
The Jo Elyn Nayman Anchors Program for Children includes James B. Gahner Pediatric Hospice, Compass Palliative Support for Children, Perinatal Hospice Care, Center for Pediatric Research & Education.
Mary Spicketts, Director,

Arbor Circle Corporation
1125 Ball NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 456-6571

Arbor Hospice
Grief Support Services

19145 Allen Rd, Suite 110
Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 486-4060

Ashley's Friends
1875 Eager Road
Howell, MI 48855
(517) 546-4440

Barry Community Hospice
450 Meadow Run, Suite 200
Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 948-8452

Camp Good Grief
Hospice Angels Foundation, Inc.

Cass City, MI
Detroit, MI
West Branch, MI
(989) 891-2231
Free children’s day camp program

CAMP Live, Laugh, Love
Children's Bereavement Network

PO Box 181
Gaylord, MI  49734
(800) 861-8418

Camp Kangaroo Children's Grief Camp
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Michigan

27355 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
 (248) 291-2698
No charge children's grief camp - occurs annually in the winter. 

For the Kids Foundation
219 Elm Street
Birmingham, MI 48009-6306
(888) 987-5437

Gratiot Area Hospice
300 Warwick Drive
Alma, MI 48801
(989) 466-3214

Hospice of Hillsdale County
124 South Howell Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242
(517) 437-5252

Hospice of Michigan - Grief Support Services
1260 Erhart NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 356-5253

Heartland Hospice
1426 Straits Drive
Bay City, MI 48706
(800) 275-4517

Healing Hearts @ Hospice of Helping Hands, Inc.
335 E. Houghton Avenue
West Branch, MI 48661
(989) 345-4700

Hospice of Hope:  Lutheran Home Care Agency
9710 Junction Road
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
(989) 652-4663

Hospice of Little Traverse Bay Children's Bereavement
34343 M-119, Suite F
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 487-7233

Hospice of Lenawee
415 Mill Road
Adrian, MI 49221
(800) 578-6559

Hospice of Michigan
2525 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hill, MI 48302
(248) 253-2580

The Loft at Hospice of Holland, Inc.
270 Hoover Blvd.
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2972

Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice
166 E. Goodale Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 660-3621

Memorial Healthcare Hospice
1975 West M21
Suite 102
Owosso, MI 48867
Separate Adult and Children's Groups meet simultaneously every 2nd Tuesday, 6pm at the above address. No cost for either group. Preregistration for the children's group is suggested at the above address or #. The children's group is led by LMSW Thomas Kalina and a second staff person as assigned.

Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe
725 Monroe Street
Monroe, MI 48162
(734) 240-8940

MidMichigan Visiting Nurse Association Hospice
3007 N. Saginaw Road
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 633-1400

Mourning Kids / William Beaumont Hospital
44201 Dequindre
Troy, MI 48098-1198


Project HUGG:  Helping Us Grow and Grieve
20506 Hunt Club Drive
Harper Woods, MI 48225

Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice
907 Fowler Street
Howell, MI 48843
(517) 540-9125

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group for Children and Teens
Common Ground

1410 S. Telegraph
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
(248) 451-2613

Three Rivers Health Hospice
633 S. Erie Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093
(269) 278-6108

Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan-Bay
Essexville, MI 48732
(989) 895-4700

Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan
825 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 367-5922

VitalCare Hospice of the Sunrise Shore
1691 M-32 West, Suite 100
Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 358-1156

(* NAGC Member)