Our mission is to renew hope, foster healing, and develop resilience in the hearts of children and their families grieving the death of a loved one.

Finding Hope in the Journey

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free peer grief support groups to children, adolescents, and their parents or adult caregivers who have experienced a death.

Get to Know Us

Journey participants share their experience with Journey’s programs and how our programs helped them navigate their grief journeys, parent grieving children as a grieving parent, and memorable moments in their support groups.

“Journey of Hope is an oasis in the midst of a chaotic world. It’s a place…perhaps the place in this part of our area where we can guarantee that an individual, a child, and a family can come and receive appropriate support for the work of mourning that they must do in order to heal.” -Mark Hundley, One of Journey of Hope's Founders

Discover our Story

In late 1996, searching for a way to help children deal with death, Hila Pepmiller and Judy Sims, school counselors in the Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD), attended a presentation by the WARM Place in Fort Worth. What they saw convinced them that a facility was needed to serve families in the Dallas and Collin county area.

Let Us Be Part of Your Grief Journey

Journey of Hope helps you connect with others who have had a similar experience. Our program is open-ended, so we are here to help whenever you need. We expand our reach by training professionals who work with children about grief so they can better serve children in their care.

Peer Grief Support Groups

We provide no cost peer grief support groups to children ages 4-18 and their adult caregivers and young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have experienced a death, have a loved one with an advanced serious illness, or are anticipating a death.

Community Bereavement Support

We provide immediate and long-term bereavement support for children, teens and adults within community groups who have experienced a death.

Professional Training

We offer professional development and training workshops to educate individuals who work with children who may be grieving.

Journey Family Stories

Before Journey of Hope, I thought I was the only widow in the world under the age of 35...

At Journey of Hope, I learned I was not alone. Words cannot express what a welcomed support they were for me and especially for my kids. They were 10, 4, and 1 when their dad died. Some days I struggled just to get through the day. But I always had Tuesday nights at Journey of Hope to look forward to.”

Our world turned upside down on Sunday when Mike unexpectedly died in his sleep. After 18 years, I was suddenly without him...

“Journey of Hope was there for our family right away. I have found an incomparable level of support with these new friends and it has been cathartic and rewarding to be able to share about my grief journey as new people joined our group throughout the year.”

Start Your Journey with us Today

Whether you are a participant in our program, a volunteer, or a donor, you are an invaluable member of the Journey family. 

Thank You to Our Summer 2024 Hope Day Camp Sponsors and Supporters!

  • Kelli Maldonado
  • The Church on McDermott Road
    • Various Life Groups
    • Hearts and Hands
    • Jan Cates D.O.T.S. Card and Craft Classes
  • Those who generously donated items from our Amazon Wish List!

Hope Day Camp is a one day camp for Kinder through 12th graders who are grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. We will have age-appropriate activities and conversations for children and adolescents centered around grief and coping. Hope Day Camp Summer 2024 is July 20th.