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Center for Children

Our Center for Children provides bereavement support through art therapy and other expressive means to children and teens who have been affected by the death of a loved one. Our programs assist children and their families by encouraging positive coping skills, validating grief feelings, and providing opportunities to discover they are not alone in their grief.


The Center for Children includes the programs Journeys, OASIS, and GIST (the Grief Intervention Support Team). Journeys helps children ages 4-18 express their feelings, cope with death, and capture memories in safe, supportive spaces—like camps, workshops, multi-week groups, and individual sessions.



OASIS – Teens’ Haven 4 Grieving Hearts invites teenagers to take part in 8 week dinner-discussion groups where they learn about grief, interact with peers and use creative therapies to work through their losses. GIST (the Grief Intervention Support Team) serves groups of children, teens, and/or adults in the community suffering from a shared loss in their school, church, or other institution.

All of these services are available to anyone in our 12-county service area (including the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock) at no cost and regardless of whether or not a family member was cared for by Hospice of the Piedmont.

To make sure our innovative Center for Children continues to provide comprehensive, compassionate services to children, teens, and their families at no charge, consider making a donation by contacting our Director of Advancement, 434-817-6900, or give online.

Click here to complete an application online.
Click here to download an application.

DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN SERVICES ARE LIMITED TO INDIVIDUAL PHONE CALLS OR ZOOM CALLS.  PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION BY CALLING 434-817-6931 OR E-MAILING JOURNEYS@HOPVA.ORG

To access our online guides for understanding loss as a teen (in English and Spanish),
or our guide for gentle grief support, click on the images below.

Join Us for a Virtual Event

Community Conversations: Finding Your Way After a Life-Limiting Diagnosis

Tuesday, June 22 at 1 p.m.