Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has been providing medical, emotional and spiritual support to children and adults facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness and offering counsel and comfort to those who are grieving. Their dedication to delivering high quality care has earned the organization a reputation as a trusted resource for hospice care, palliative care and grief support in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County.
The Elizabeth Hospice is one of only a few hospice providers in the country to have a dedicated team that cares for children diagnosed with an advanced or terminal illness. They work in concert with the child’s pediatrician and specialists to relieve symptoms and manage pain. Through education and support programs, parents/guardians receive the resources needed to confidently care for their child at home.
Their Children’s Bereavement Program provides support to grieving children and their families. The program, the only one of its kind in the community, utilizes a peer-support model that enables children to find comfort after a tragedy, build a toolbox of healthy coping skills and have fun while working through their grief. Services are free and open to everyone, including families who do not have a patient affiliation.
- School-based grief support groups in 20 school districts (Elementary through High School)
- Peer-based grief support groups in our Children’s Bereavement Centers in Escondido and Mission Valley (ages 3 to 17)
- Camp Spero, a summer grief camp (ages 7 to 17)
At the heart of The Elizabeth Hospice’s mission lies a single focus: To enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve. The Elizabeth Hospice provides services to everyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Elizabeth Hospice relies on philanthropic donations from individuals and organizations to do this important work.