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Our Latest News and Events

A New Community Ritual – Hope Blossoms

With 32 years of offering a Candlelight Memorial Ceremony in the fall, Bridges of Hope is pleased to begin offering a second community ritual each spring. Hope Blossoms is a unique opportunity to gather as a community & plant in memory of someone who has died. This ritual will provide a safe space to honor someone by emphasizing life though a living memorial, such as a plant, all while blossoming hope for our new beginnings.

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New Year – New Mission-New Name-

Last summer, we shared the important strategic decision to shift from being a broad end-of-life advocate to become a grief-focused organization (read the full announcement here.) So, with our new mission in place to focus on the needs of children, teens, & their families grieving a death, we are now pleased to debut our new name:

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Our Approach

Because we love, we grieve. So, at Bridges of Hope, we recognize grief not as a problem to be solved, or as a process to be completed, but as a natural part of life to be acknowledged, explored and expressed. And we believe that every child deserves a safe space where they can connect with peers who “get it.” So we’ve created an evidence-based, kid-focused, multifaceted program called Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones empowers young people to connect, learn, share & grow through engaging activities including music, art, journaling, movement & mindfulness.

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Program Snapshot

Sand Dollar Club

Sand Dollar Clubs offer engaging, art-based activities led by experienced professionals at schools and other neighborhood sites. Weekly sessions help integrate time for reflection and growth as well as peer support directly into the ups & downs of daily life.


Shannon's Hope Camp

Shannon’s Hope Camp is a fun & transformative overnight experience in a relaxing beach-front setting. Camp includes grief workshops, kite-flying, a drumming circle, a candlelight ceremony, and of course, s’mores around the campfire.

Community Rituals

Community rituals are reflective and poignant gatherings that bring children, families, and the broader community together to collectively acknowledge our losses, share our stories, and affirm each other as we grieve together.