Specialized Grief Support for

Children and Teens

The Blue Butterfly program serves and supports grieving children and teens ages 5-18 following the death of a significant person in their lives. The program is staffed by licensed mental health professionals and supported by specially-trained volunteers. We use clinical practices and programs shown to be effective. These grief groups not only support children, but also their caregivers in order for them to learn to deal with their grief so they in turn can help their children.

Blue Butterfly services are available throughout Tidewell’s service area:

Tidewell Family Grief Center Ellenton
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4151 37th St. E.
Palmetto, FL 34221

Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center
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6800 Professional Pkwy. W.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240

Newtown-Bethlehem Baptist Church
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1680 18th St.
Sarasota, FL 34234

Port CharlotteFirst Alliance Church
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20444 Midway Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Common Grief Reactions in Children

Grief expressions in children come in many forms and can include:

  • Changes in eating, sleeping and relationships
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Increase in negative behaviors
  • Changes in school performance, both negative and positive
  • Regression in developmental abilities
  • Physical complaints including headaches, stomachaches, muscle aches and more
  • Inability to identify and express feelings about the death

Enroll Your Family
To learn more about the Blue Butterfly Program call (941) 893-6610 or complete the Grief Support form. Si hablas Espanol, antes de tu primera sesion en grupo, puedes contactar directamente a Isabel Macgloan MA, LCPC al (941) 615-8646, correo electronico MMacgloan@EmpathHealth.org.
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Blue Butterfly Children’s Grief services are made possible by the generous donations from our community to the Tidewell Foundation. 

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