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In 1982, the founder of MYMOM'S, Carol Holoboff, experienced the Dougy Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Oregon, as a student nurse. This was the first children's grieving center, and its concept was endorsed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
Five years later, Carol did graduate studies in this field with the goal in mind to institute a similar program in Montana. The need was obvious since there was no registered grief center between Boise, Idaho, and Fargo, North Dakota.
During this same period, Carol's son, Francis, became terminally ill and died, in 1989. The following year she trained at the Dougy Center, learning how to establish this program. Upon returning to Great Falls, Montana, Carol privately incorporated a grieving center.
The first MYMOM'S kid support group meetings in 1991 and 1992 were held in the basement of Carol's home, with three or four children attending. The first Camp Francis was in 1992 and has been going every year since. Darcy's Hope teen retreat began in 2008 and our TAG groups for teens in the schools began in 1994.
Then Carol applied for hospice work. The Hospice board met, and the (former) Columbus Hospital endorsed her program, incorporating it into Peace Hospice of Montana, based in Great Falls.
MYMOM'S was founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.
The name "MYMOM'S" comes from a children's book written by Carol Holoboff, RN, BSN. "My Mom tells me everything I want to know. She even answers my questions about scary things like death and dying."
Due to the confusion of services provided, the program was renamed "Children's Bereavement Program."
The Children's Bereavement Program provides a safe environment for children and teens with grief to ask questions, feel the feelings of bereavement, and have fun. It is our mission to expand this environment to all aspects of the child's life through education for family, friends, schools, churches and the community.
Peace Hospice Children's Bereavement Program
Phone: (406) 455-3065
Mail: 1101 26th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405
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