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Help Our Community’s Grieving Children By Becoming A Support Group Volunteer Facilitator


  • WHEN Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE The Elizabeth Hospices, Escondido, CA 92025
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  • AGES 18+
  • COST Free

The Elizabeth Hospice, the leading provider of free grief support services for children and teens, is looking for volunteers to help facilitate peer-based support groups at their Children’s Bereavement Centers in Escondido and Mission Valley.

These groups, which are open to everyone in the community, provide children, ages 3 to 17, with a safe environment to share their grief story, learn coping skills and connect with other kids who are experiencing similar circumstances.

Support groups meet bimonthly throughout the school year. Volunteers are required to make a six-hour, bimonthly commitment from October 2019 through May 2020. Volunteers have the option to work in either the Escondido or Mission Valley location.

“Childhood grief is more prevalent than most people realize,” said Melissa Lunardini, Children’s Bereavement Manager at The Elizabeth Hospice. “One in five children will experience the loss of a significant person in their life before they reach the age of 18. Grieving children are at higher than normal risk for problems in school, substance abuse, depression and anxiety. By providing understanding, support and opportunities to freely express their thoughts and feelings, children can once again feel hopeful and imagine a life full of possibilities.”

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Elizabeth Hospice depends on the generosity of individuals in the community who are willing to donate their time to serve as Children’s Bereavement Program volunteers.

Prospective volunteers are invited to attend a two-day training (both dates are mandatory):

-Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Elizabeth Hospice office located at 500 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido, 92025

-Sunday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Elizabeth Hospice office located at 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, 92025

For more information or to RSVP for the training sessions, contact Jessica Porte at or 760-505-2303.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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