The Children’s Grief Center provides support groups for young people ages 5 – 25 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Support groups meetin the evenings throughout the school year at our main campus in Albuquerque’s near North Valley, as well as in southern Rio Rancho. During the summer, we offer Camp Corazon for bereaved children ages 7 – Senior in High School from all over the state. All grief support services are provided to bereaved families at no charge, for as long as they need to attend. The Children’s Grief Center receive no state or federal funding, but relies on the generosity of community members like yourself to provide these important, effective services. Please peruse our site to learn more about getting started in grief groups, or contributing your time, talent or treasure. Feel free to call us Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm at 505-323-0478
Here’s what some of our participants have to say:
“It’s an honor to work with these families” – CGC volunteer
13 year old boy whose father committed suicide, “It helps you feel better about the lost one.”
9 year old girl, whose grandmother died, “It’s also good to know that there are other kids who have to deal with the cage of grief that it feels like you will never escape from.”
“This is the most rewarding thing I do.”- CGC Volunteer
12 year old boy, whose father died of a heart attack, “It was hard but when I came here it got easier.”
The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico is seeking volunteers to facilitate free grief support groups for children ages 5-25 and their adult caregivers. Individuals from all backgrounds and experience are encouraged to volunteer – the next training dates will be August 9th & 16th, 2014, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm both days. There is a $45.00 fee for the training, and it is accredited for 13 CEUs for counselors, psychologists, social workers and chaplains (fee for CEUs is $175.00). Groups take place in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
The Children’s Grief Center is a safe place for children, teens, and adults to share feelings and experiences while grieving a death – through free peer support groups. Our facilitators are special men and women who come from all walks of life to take the training, commit to a year of service, and show up every other week throughout the school year to lead peer groups for grieving “littles”, “middles”, “tweens”, teens or adults. CGC volunteer facilitators read stories, lead games & activities, and most of all – listen. One volunteer recently said “this is the most rewarding thing that I do.”
The time commitment is from 5:15pm – 8:30 pm every other week. Volunteers are paired with an experienced facilitator when they first start out. To sign up for the training, complete the application in the “you can help” section of our website. Call us at 505-323-0478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and mil gracias!