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What is Open Arms?

Open Arms is a grieving children’s support program that helps children ages 3-17 years and their family members find healthy ways to cope with their feelings of sadness, anger or frustration, and be able to return to their day-to-day activities. Open Arms has become a place of comfort for children and adults who are surviving the loss of a loved one.

Open Arms helps grieving children through five program components:

  • Grief support groups for children and their families
  • Ten week school-based grief support groups
  • Homicide survivor support groups and individual grief therapy
  • Camp “Good Grief” a summer day camp that focuses on helping grieving children to just be a kid again
  • Trauma Response Team


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Remembering Your Loved Ones with Recipes

Support St. John Open Arms by purchasing a "Remembering Your Loved Ones with Recipes Cookbook" for a donation of $10.00. The recipes were submitted by those that have lost loved ones.