The Community Grief Center helps people of all ages grieving or anticipating a death find connection and healing; and educates the community on grief's impact on the individual and society.
In 2015, an initiative was created to provide a program for those who have lost someone to death. Thanks to the support of Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., a grief program was created with a curriculum grounded in his teachings on understanding grief.
Since its beginning, over 400 adults with a variety of kinds of death loss have participated in the program. As time passed we saw the need to expand the program to include children, teens and their caregivers. This need was larger than any one business could provide alone, so an appeal was presented to the community to help create a community grief center. The idea was met with a very positive response from the community, and a board was formed to lead the development. Under the board's leadership, a relationship with the Community Foundation was established to receive tax deductible contributions to support the center. In January 2016 the board received the center's 501c3 non-profit designation.
Based on a foundation of success and hope in the hearts of those who have joined the effort, the dream of a place dedicated solely to help all grieving people due to a death has been born. The Community Grief Center continues to be governed by a Board of Directors that provides visionary leadership and works to ensure continuous funding from the community and other sources. The Center's Executive Director provides the daily management of programs and operations. Dedicated and trained volunteers assist in the programs and activities.
"My son was pretty hesitant about coming to Camp BraveHeart not knowing what to expect - coming because I asked him to. When I picked him up he couldn't stop talking about how much fun he had, all of the things he learned, how much he enjoyed being with the other kids. Joy is not something I see from my kids everyday anymore and I miss it. I miss it so much. Thank you for putting light in my child's day- in his life.Thank you for everything you did. Thank you for making him comfortable, for teaching him. Thank you for making this mama cry happy tears today." Mother of Camp BraveHeart participant
"I wasn't sure I would ever feel happy again after losing my wife of 46 years. The Community Grief Center gave me hope by giving me coping tools."
"I didn't want to go at first, but it turned out to be enjoyable and very helpful." - TREK High School participant
"This place made me feel stronger." - TREK Middle School participant