The Center for Grieving Children offers five different programs and services that address different types of grief and supply different kinds of help and resources. Groups meet at our Portland and Sanford locations, and we provide support over the phone as well.
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 experienced similar losses. We provide peer support groups for children ages 3-18 and their parents and caregivers; young adults ages 19-30; and bereaved parents and young widowers/partners.
Tender Living Care
Helping Families Cope With Serious Illness
From the point of diagnosis, a life-impacting illness affects everyone in the family. The Center provides Peer Support Groups for children ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers with separate groups for the adult with the illness and the adult caregiver, and young adults age 19-30. We also provide phone support, and community outreach and education.
Creating healing communities for youth.
Since 1997, the Center’s Intercultural Peer Support Program has collaborated with Portland Public Schools and others to serve children, teens, and their families who have resettled locally from countries experiencing war, persecution, and natural disaster. Children’s Peer Support Groups are held at the Center, area schools, or other organizations.
Outreach and Training
Education and Response for Schools and Community.
When the school and community is impacted by the death or serious illness of a student or staff member, The Center for Grieving Children is available for school visits, phone support, or on-site visits. The Center staff can offer support and resources to staff, talk with and answer questions from students, and help provide the resources needed to help the school and its community grieve in a healthy way.
Providing one-on-one support for people in need.
Have a question? Just call us! We’re here during regular business hours to answer your questions and offer you support. Our volunteers take thousands of calls each year from people wondering “How should I tell my child about a death in the family?” or “How do I help my students after the death of their classmates?” or “How do my children and I join one of your groups?” If you have a question or concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out.