Gail Miller Speaking at Local Fundraiser

Benefiting Grieving Children

A Center For Grieving Children will be having its Help Healing Hearts fundraiser on Thursday, June 6, 2019. The evening will include dinner, and a silent auction. The special guest speaker will be Gail Miller, owner of Larry H. Miller companies, including the Utah Jazz. Tickets are $50. each. All proceeds from the event will go to help grieving children, teens and their families at the Center. Tickets need to be purchased by May 30, 2019. For ticket information, please call 801-476-1127.

A Center For Grieving Children is a support center for children, teens and their families that are grieving the loss of someone they love because of death, divorce or separation. They also help children who are in foster care, children and teens experiencing complicated grief, and those with anticipatory grief (children with a loved one who is dying.) The Center also provides supportive and educational services to families, caregivers, schools and the community.

A Center For Grieving Children is a support center for children who are grieving the loss of someone they love because of divorce or separation in the family or because of the death of a loved one. We also have support groups for children in foster care. The Center is the primary program of the Family Summit Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that serves nearly 800 individuals a year. There is no cost to the families that use our services. We are funded through foundations, organizations and private individuals; we do not receive government funding.

A Center For Grieving Children was created to assist children and their families through the grief process by encouraging them to share their feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss. We believe:

  • Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one for children as well as adults.
  • Within each of us is the natural capacity to heal ourselves.
  • The length and intensity of grief is unique to each individual.
  • Acceptance and caring assist in the healing process.
To heal, the bereaved child must be not just allowed, but encouraged to embrace the wide range of thoughts and feelings that result from the loss.
Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD.

Our groups provide an environment in which bereaved children can safely mourn, and where they are allowed to explore thoughts and feelings about their loss in a way that helps them be compassionate with themselves and others.

A Center For Grieving Children offers mutual support and acceptance through listening and sharing. We respect each individual family's belief system. Our goals are to support and nurture children and their families in a loving and understanding environment as they experience grief.

We hold workshops and give presentations to provide education and training on grief and the grief process for community agencies, schools and families. We provide crisis intervention and consultations to schools. We have a library, with materials and books available to the public.

Groups are available for Youth (ages 3-12) and Teens (13-19) that are grieving due to the death of a loved one, a divorce or separation, and also for children in foster care. A typical group includes up to 10 children, 5 trained volunteer facilitators and staff. An adult family member or care-giver must accompany a child and may participate in the adult support group which meets simultaneously.