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The mission of the Children's Grief Center of New Mexico is to provide a safe and supportive environment in which children, teens and thier families can share experiences and feelings while grieving a death.
The Children's Grief Center of NM (CGC) provides free support groups for children ages 5-18 who are grieving the death of someone they loved. Typically the child has lost a parent or a sibling. CGC recognizes that the caregivers of these children, often grieving themselves, also need support. Optional adult support groups are offered.
Groups last for an hour and 15 minutes, and occur every other week. East side (NE heights) groups meet on every other Tuesday, while west side groups meet on every other Thursday. Before groups begin, the families come together to eat a simple meal provided by the CGC. This allows families to "decompress", talk to other families who are experiencing the same thing, and calmly prepare for the emotional rigors of a grief support group.
CGC is the only organization of its kind in Central New Mexico. Bereaved families travel from as far away as Jemez Springs, Los Lunas, and Edgewood. Groups are open and on-going, so families can begin at any time of the year and end whenever they feel it's appropriate.