Bridges’ Sand Dollar Club (School-Based Grief Support Program)

Parents and Legal Guardians: To have your child join the Sand Dollar Club or to register your child for the Stepping Stones Program, please complete and return the Bridges’ Student Application Packet.

 

What is the Sand Dollar Club?

The Sand Dollar Club is a FREE 12 week grief support program for children who live in the local Charleston Tricounty area. The program is held at the child’s local school and aims at helping children ages 6-15 (grades 1-8) who have experienced a significant loss of a loved one and are willing for support.

What happens during the Support Groups?

The Sand Dollar Club incorporates best practice and evidence-informed methods/activities to support and help children in processing their loss and grief. Through participation in an interactive group with games, activities, and discussion children are encouraged to speak openly about their experiences with death and grief. The groups are structured to teach children that upsetting feelings are a normal aspects of the grieving process. The Sand Dollar Club aims to reducing feelings of isolation, improve self-esteem, communication skills, and coping skills, and to help prevent destructive behaviors (e.g., substance use). Throughout the 12 weeks the children will learn more information about grief and death and how to manage their emotions and feelings about their loss. They will learn how to remember their loved one in healthy ways and to develop coping skills that they can use to manage their feelings. Together the children can create friendships, receive and provide support, and express their feelings in an emotionally safe environment. Ultimately, the Sand Dollar Club can help begin the process of healing for the children who attend.

How is the groups staffed?

Sand Dollar Club groups, held in local schools once a week, will be led by trained facilitators who are familiar with grief and loss. The facilitators will provide the children with grief support and allow them to express their feelings while feeling emotionally safe. These professional individuals volunteer their time and expertise to help children turn their stumbling blocks of grief into stepping stones of hope.

Fees & Applications
Sand Dollar Club is FREE to attend. Check with the Bridges Program Manager or your local school to see if they are running Sand Dollar Club groups. If your school would like to participate, please have them contact the Bridges Program Manager (information below). A parent/ legal guardian interview will be scheduled after Bridges receives the Student Application Packet PRIOR to the beginning of the program. Applications for camp MUST be submitted by September 29, 2017. 

How to Refer a Child in Need?

Referrals of students are welcomed from parents/legal guardians, counselors, teachers, ministers, or other concerned persons. After receiving the Bridges’ Student Application Packet, the Bridges’ Program Manager will then contact the child’s parent/legal guardian to schedule an interview.

 

For more information or to request/submit an application, please contact:

Amy Spear, LPC

Program Manager for Bridges for End-of-Life

  amy@bridgessc.org  843.216.7323

 

Bridges is seeking organizations that regularly work with children to host Sand Dollar Club groups. The program works well in schools, after-school programs, faith communities, etc. If you are an organization or school who is looking to host Sand Dollar Club groups, please contact Amy Spear, LPC at 843-216-7323 or amy@bridgessc.org .