The Center for Grieving Children (The Center) helps children grieving a death heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities, and professionals' understanding of how best to respond to their needs. To fulfill this mission The Center provides free peer support groups for children ages 5-23 who have experienced the death of a close loved one. Since its inception, The Center has supported thousands of grieving youth and families and has trained thousands of frontline professionals and community partners.
The Center envisions a Philadelphia where no child has to grieve alone. The Center is the only organization in Philadelphia dedicated exclusively to supporting families after a death; and as such it is proactively destigmatizing grief while decreasing the socioeconomic barriers that prevent individuals from accessing grief support. The Center fosters healthy grieving in 4 primary ways:
1. Center-Based Groups
2. Community-Based Groups
3. Training and Professional Development
4. Post-Crisis Interventions