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Bereavement Peer Support

“The Center was just what I needed when my Dad died. I loved that I could talk about my loss or not talk about it. Hearing other people’s stories gave me strength too because I could see I was not alone.”

Support and Resources When a Loved One Dies

Expressing feelings in a safe place is part of the healing process after a death. At the Center, children, teens, young adults, and adults benefit from a supportive environment where they can be with others who have suffered similar losses.  The small peer support groups are led by trained volunteer facilitators.  The groups provide an opportunity for people to share their feelings, talk about their experience, remember the person who died, and give and get support from others.  Volunteers are supervised by a staff person or consultant on each night of service.   New members are welcome to join at any time and services are free of charge. 

Phone Support and Information

Center staff are available to answer your questions and concerns about supporting children and teens through grief and loss.  We can assist with information, resources and referrals over the phone.

Groups for Children and Families

Groups meet weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Portland, Maine. We also have groups located in Sanford, Maine which meet on Wednesday evenings. Groups for ages 3-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18 and parents meet at the same time so the whole family can attend together.  Volunteers incorporate art, music, talking, and play into their work with children. For more information call us at (207) 775-5216 or email us at .

Young Adults

The Young Adult Group offers peer support in a small group setting to individual's ages 19-30 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  The one hour group is offered once a week and is ongoing.  For more information call us at (207) 775-5216 or email us at .

Young Widow, Widower, and Partner Group

The Center for Grieving Children offers a peer support group for individuals age 60 and younger who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Groups meet in Portland and Sanford. For more information, contact us at (207) 775-5216 or email us at .

Bereaved Parent's Group

Our Bereaved Parent's Group is open to all parents who have lost a child regardless of the child's age.  The group is held on Monday evenings at the Center in Portland.  Please call us at (207) 775-5216 or email us at  for more information.

Overdose Loss Support Group

The Center is offering a free, peer support group for adults 19 and older who have had a friend or loved one die from an overdose. This time limited group starts March 24, 2016 and runs until May 12, 2016.

The group is facilitated by trained volunteers and meets at the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Avenue, Portland. It is a closed group (the same group of people meeting each time) and works best if you are able to attend each week. For more information, contact Sara Asch at (207) 775-5216 or .

Helpful Information

Groups in Portland, ME:


Who to Contact:

For more information about our peer support groups in Portland, ME or if you would like to learn more, please call Valerie Jones and Sara Asch at (207) 775-5216 or email them at .

 Groups in Sanford, ME:


Who to Contact:

For more information about our peer support groups in Sanford, Maine or to learn more please call Janice at (207)775-5216 or email her at .

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