Uniting for Bereavement Care 


Coastal Kids Home Care + Papillon Center for Loss and Transition unite in order to expand bereavement services.




Over the last decade, the incidence of mental health issues has risen dramatically among children and teens. Add a global pandemic and the world seems to be spinning out of control for many young people. Our children are hurting, and the need is now.  

In 2020, demand for one-on-one counseling through Coastal Kids Home Care increased by 40%. Our team of licensed, bilingual counselors is growing to meet this critical need in our community. Late last year, Papillon Center for Loss and Transition reached out to propose a partnership to extend care to additional families.  

After months of working hard to sustain Papillon Center for Loss and Transition during these unprecedented times, the organization has decided to close its doors.  However, we are pleased to announce that Papillon’s primary bereavement services -- Good Grief for Kids + Teens program, adult drop-in programming and Madison Rose Memorial Library--will be transferring to Coastal Kids Home Care, effective January 1, 2021.   

With this collaboration, Coastal Kids Home Care will ensure the sustainability of Papillon’s compassionate vision, while expanding our reach into the community to increasingly serve people of all ages coping with these challenges.  

What is the same in bereavement care in our community? 

  • Papillon drop-in groups for adults are continuing via Zoom with the same facilitators and schedule. 
  • Access to Madison Rose Memorial Library will continue (just at a new location in Salinas!) 
  • Mental health and bereavement counseling for children will continue with licensed counselors through Coastal Kids Home Care. 
  • Good Grief for Kids + Teens bereavement groups will return when we can safely gather again. 

What is different?  

  • Bereavement care information has moved to www.coastalkidshomecare.org/counseling 
  • Partners can learn more about options for bereavement care by calling: 800-214-5439 to speak with program director Ruth Shapiro, LCSW. 
  • Coastal Kids Home Care now has a Papillon Bereavement Fund, donors can continue to support quality bereavement care in our community through donating at www.coastalkidshomecare.org/counseling 

At first, contacting a children's agency might be confusing for adults seeking bereavement care but rest assured that Coastal Kids Home Care licensed counselors have more than a decade of experience caring for both children and adults who have lost a child. According to Coastal Kids Home Care Development Director, Kelli Mullen Brown, “We are honored that Papillon chose our organization to carry forward their legacy of compassionate bereavement care for our community. Today, more than ever, families are facing incredible loss and the opportunity to support them during these troubled times is critical for their future and for ours.”