Precious Gems Supportive Services Inc.

Grief Support for Children and Teens


Precious Gems Supportive Services (PGSS) is a community based non-profit organization 501(c)(3) formed in 1995, incorporated in 2001 to provide grief, loss, and transition support within underserved populations.  PGSS has established a program that recognizes that grief is a normal part of life and offers a safe place for children/teens to express those feelings, within their own communities.


The teen years are an especially difficult time to deal with loss as young people are torn between independence and the need now for support  from parents and family. Precious Gems help provide programs for teens designed to help them cope with the overwhelming and intense emotions experienced with loss.


Children,  just like adults, struggle to make sense of death and can misunderstand why death occurs. The confusion can lead to behavioral changes like withdrawal, angry outbursts, clinginess, difficulty concentrating, or changes in play. Precious Gems's programs are designed to give children permission to grieve as well as healthy opportunities to express that grief in safe ways. 

"But in all of the sadness, when you're feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking, You've got to remember that grief isn't the absence of love. Grief is the proof that love is still there."
- Tessa Shaffer

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We're located in:

Glenside, PA


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