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
4151 37th St. E.
Palmetto, FL 34221
Tidewell Hospice Lakewood Ranch
6800 Professional Pkwy. W.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
Newtown-Bethlehem Baptist Church
1680 18th St.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Port Charlotte–First Alliance Church
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) 483-0962 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.
Blue Butterfly Children’s Grief services are made possible by the generous donations from our community to the Tidewell Foundation. To learn more or to donate, please visit TidewellFoundation.org