Most people are unaware that 2.5% of the American population (8 million) experienced the death of an immediate family member last year; or, that 20% of our children will experience the loss of a loved one by the time they are 18. (Source: Journal of Death and Dying)
According to the U.S. government statistics, approximately 36% of the population is grieving now, or has grieved in the past for a husband, wife, parent, son, daughter, sibling, or friend. These numbers are consistent and will make up the population that we serve.
While we are not a crisis or counseling center, we offer free, specialized grief support programs based on Dr. Alan Wolfelt's "companioning model" for people of all ages who are grieving the death, or anticipated death, of a loved one. Our facilitated groups, overseen by a clinical psychologist, Dr. Debby Baker, bring people who have experienced a similar loss to find hope and healing through connection.
IN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING THE BEREAVED
The Center will also be a support and resource for any community group that helps grieving people.