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Local Teenager Donates $2,100 to San Diego Hospice

13-year-old collected donations to support grief support services for local families


SAN DIEGO, CA – When 13-year-old Simon Glezer had his bar mitzvah, celebrating his rite of passage into adulthood, Simon wanted to give back to San Diego Hospice for the support he and his family had received over the years. Simon generously donated $1,500 to the nonprofit organization and suggested others honoring his bar mitzvah can do the same. In total, $2,100 was donated to San Diego Hospice, in memory of Simon’s father, Jacob Glezer, who died the day after Simon’s 9th birthday. The gift will support the nonprofit’s grief and loss support programs available to adults and children who have experienced the death of a loved one.

In addition to the monetary gift, Simon also donated his time in participating in a video produced by San Diego Hospice, to help raise awareness about the grief support services that he and his family benefited from. San Diego Hospice provides a variety of grief support services such as Grief Street, a weekly, family bereavement program that helps children, and their family caregivers, heal as they adapt to their loss, as well as Camp Erin San Diego, an annual weekend summer camp open to children ages 6 to 17 who have been impacted by a death. This free camp combines a traditional, high-energy, fun camp experience with grief support and education. Simon, his Mom Judy, and siblings have all benefited from the programs provided through the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice.

“I enjoyed attending Grief Street and meeting other kids who had lost a loved one,” Simon recalled. “You start the program as one big group, eating pizza and talking with others, then we got into groups based on our age and did activities and shared stories.”

“Grief Street and Camp Erin made a huge difference in how my kids face the loss of their father,” said Judith Persky, Simon’s mother. “It helped a lot to go through tough times with people who have experienced similar loss, for me as well as for Simon and his sisters"

The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice understands that loss is a big change, whether it’s the death of someone you love, a friend, a pet, or something else.  Grief is a normal reaction to this change and kids and adults grieve in many different ways. The Center for Grief Care and Education offers a variety of specifically designed programs to help kids and adults deal with the feelings they experience after someone they know has died.

Simon suggests that if other kids are experiencing the death of a loved one, attending grief support programs like San Diego Hospice’s Grief Street is “a good idea. ”

Grief support programs are open to the community-at-large and more information is available online at or by calling 619-278-6480.


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