Children’s Services

Pediatric Hospice Care

Children diagnosed with terminal illness require specialized care and support, and so do their families. Avow knows you only want the best for your child. We also understand the incredible physical and emotional strain your family may be facing. Avow’s pediatric hospice professionals can provide an added layer of support for your child, and bring you and your family peace of mind.

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Children’s Bereavement Support

At Avow, we understand that children have unique reactions to grief and loss. They need guidance to navigate their complex feelings and to understand loss in the larger contexts of their lives and family relationships. As young persons with limited life experiences, our children need special tools to cope with grief. It is our mission to provide them.

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Coming Soon: Pediatric Palliative Care 

Avow is currently fundraising to expand our palliative care service line to include care for children. This unique program will allow Avow to provide the comprehensive interdisciplinary approach used in pediatric hospice care to children who have a chronic or serious illness but have not yet reached the life-limiting six-month prognosis required for hospice care.

Pediatric Hospice Care

What We Do

  • A dedicated, specially trained team of nurses, social workers, physicians, hospice aides, chaplains and volunteers who work collaboratively with your child’s attending physician
  • Support for all members of the family including parents, siblings, grandparents and others
  • Helps to manage pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Complementary therapies such as Reiki energy treatments, music and massage therapies delivered by board certified and licensed professionals
  • A 24-hour on-call nurse to answer questions and address concerns
  • Supportive counseling to parents and siblings and others intimately affected
  • Sensitivity to developmental, personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs and practices
  • Help the child and family prepare to say goodbye
  • Ongoing grief and bereavement support for the family

Who We Serve

  • Any child who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness (prognosis of six months or less).
  • All members of the family; we tailor each person’s care to their age and developmental level.
  • Classmates and friends of the child.

Children’s Bereavement Services

Our children’s bereavement services, designed for children ages 5-18, provide support and companionship to children who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, friend or relative through illness, accident, divorce/estrangement, suicide or homicide. With the help of trained counselors, bereaved children are given an opportunity to move through their unique experience of loss in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. All services are offered free of charge.

Services We Provide

  • Children’s grief workshops held in Collier County schools (public and private) during the school day for children of similar ages and similar losses. Workshop activities include art projects, videos, storybook discussions and the sharing of photos and memories as a way to express emotions and concerns in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
  • School assistance during times of crisis (for example, the death of a student or teacher).
  • Defusing sessions with children exposed to a traumatic event.
  • Consultations with parents to help them support their child in age-appropriate ways.
  • Individual support for children anticipating a loss through illness and death, or when a group is not currently available for a bereaved child.
  • Community education on children’s grief issues.
  • Day and overnight children’s grief camps (click here to complete our camp interest form)

Who We Serve

  • Any youth, aged 5-18, who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • Children who are facing the anticipated loss of a significant person as a result of illness or death.
  • Children who have been exposed to a traumatic event which resulted in death or severe harm to another.
  • School personnel who want assistance with crisis intervention when there has been a death of a student or faculty member.
  • Parents of bereaved children.

Camp MendingHeart is a fun program designed to allow children to remember their loved ones.  The camp includes art and music
activities, and is designed for children ages 5 – 17.  If you would like to receive information about the camp once they are schedules, please click the button below and complete the form.