Children's Grief Center of New Mexico
Community Services and Support
Research and statistics show that by age 18, almost one in 20 young people will experience the death of a parent. And the effects are far-reaching – in fact, 85 percent of all prisoners on death row had a parent die during their childhood; more than 90 percent of young people in drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs have experienced the death of someone important in their lives.
Since 2001, the Children’s Grief Center has provided unique and meaningful support and coping strategies to New Mexico’s bereaved children and grieving families. In 2016, the Children’s Grief Center served more than 500 bereaved youth and their caregivers through support groups, Back-to-School Bootcamp, Grief through the Holidays meetings, and Camp Corazon programs.
In addition, support groups continuously meet at Children’s Grief Network, where families work with certified counselors to facilitate hope and healing. These support groups give children the opportunity to talk, draw, write stories, read, play, or act out their grief journey. Private rooms are also set aside to help children work through specific traumas.
Contributions from Nusenda Credit Union members through Community Rewards® supplement these services, allowing children and families the safe space to process and share these experiences with specialists and others in the same situation.