Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center

Tidewell Alternate Events Connect Grieving Families

Tidewell Hospice remains committed to serving families with quality care and continuing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges brought on by the halting of traditional in-person engagements, they are innovating to help. Tidewell was able to get creative in bringing its Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center services to its families.

Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center

Children and caregivers from the program were invited to the Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center in Sarasota County for a drive-thru ice cream party. This event gave them a chance to see their Blue Butterfly family after four months of being apart. As part of the event, families were able to register for a virtual grief painting session. The event showed them how to paint the program’s symbolic blue butterfly.

During the painting session, children were encouraged to share feelings about their grief and the meaning behind their work. These events help grieving children and families stay connected. Additionally, these sessions reassure them that they’re not alone, especially right now.

“Our nation, our community, has perhaps never seen such isolation amid such great loss and challenges,” said Tidewell President and CEO Jonathan Fleece. “We want our Blue Butterfly families, and anyone in our community who needs support, to know that they’re not alone during this time of tremendous anxiety, sadness, and grief.”

Tidewell Blue Butterfly

Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly is the only evidence-based program in the region that helps grieving children, teens, and caregivers. Through professional counseling, peer-support groups, and therapeutic activities this agency continues to be an essential service provider. Tidewell’s grief and bereavement services are 100 percent donor-supported. Services are free for residents of the communities that Tidewell serves in addition to patients and families. Along with innovating to meet the needs of its Blue Butterfly patients, Tidewell has worked to expand its existing resources and programs to those in the community who need it most.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Tidewell launched its Community Hope Line. This line serves all individuals in the Suncoast community who need help dealing with today’s challenges. The Tidewell Community Hope Line provides free grief support, spiritual support, and social support for callers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Area residents in need of support can connect with the Tidewell Community Hope Line by calling 855-930-HOPE (4673) or 941-556-HOPE (4673), or via email at

To learn more about Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center, visit HERE. To support these services and Tidewell’s mission to care for those who need it most, visit HERE or call 941-552-7546.

About Tidewell Hospice

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Tidewell Hospice is an independent, not-for-profit health provider offering a home-centered, comprehensive system of end of life and palliative care for people living with advanced illness and their families. Annually, Tidewell provides care for nearly 10,000 patients throughout its four-county service area of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. Hospice houses and offices are located in Arcadia, Bradenton, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, and Venice. As the region’s only not-for-profit hospice, Tidewell relies on donor contributions to provide a number of its acclaimed patient and community services. Tidewell is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) with deemed status, signifying excellent care, and meeting Medicare’s conditions of participation.

About Tidewell Foundation, Inc.

The Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation. Established initially to ensure continued philanthropic support to Tidewell Hospice and the healthcare companies within the Stratum Health System family. Charitable contributions to the Tidewell Foundation sustain and grow the critically essential programs and services provided through the not-for-profit mission of Tidewell Hospice and its affiliates. Donor-funded programs offer compassion and comfort to those who need it most. They are provided in our community regardless of the client’s ability to pay. It starts with generosity and paying forward every patient connection, the family served, and life changed.

Discover how each donation strengthens our community; learn more by visiting Tidewell Foundations website.

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