Children & Teens
Coping Kids & Teens
Supporting the needs of children, teens and families impacted by serious illness and loss through individual and group grief support services.
“I feel better knowing that there are other kids who feel the same way I do.” ~ Everett, age 16
Coping Kids & Teens helps children, teens and families learn about loss, develop coping skills and build self-confidence through fun-filled activities and opportunities for small and large-group sharing in a safe atmosphere. We offer the area’s most comprehensive grief education and support for children and teens. Thanks to the generous support of the community, most services are free of charge.
Master’s level grief counselors provide individual and family counseling for children, teens and families to help them effectively support each other and cope with serious illness and/or loss.
Grief Support Series
Grief counselors and trained volunteers facilitate peer support groups. These groups are open to any child or teen who has lost a loved one as a result of illness, accident, suicide or homicide. We bring together children and teens with similar loss experiences to help normalize feelings, share experiences and grieve the death of a loved one. The sessions enhance family communication, expanding and deepening the personal skills needed to cope and adjust to the intense feelings and challenges that accompany loss and grief. Groups are held on Thursday evenings starting with a light supper from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. following by age-specific group activities from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Prior to enrolling in a series, families attend an assessment to ensure that the support group will be helpful.
Camp Chimaqua, a 3-day overnight weekend camp for grieving children (ages 6-12), provides a safe, accepting and healing environment to better understand and express feelings of grief and loss.
Apart from a small registration fee for retreats and camps, there are no fees for any Pathways programs due to the generous support from the community.
Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 391-2413 or (800) 924-7610
En español: (717) 391-2440