Today, Thursday 5/19, 2022 Cinnamon Girl is donating $1-A-Bun to The Center for Grieving Children.
The Center for Grieving Children (CGC) was founded in 1987 by Portland, Maine resident Bill Hemmens, following the death of his sister. In trying to find help and support for his niece Erin, Bill recognized that children need peers and caring adults to support them through their grief, because death profoundly affects every aspect of their lives.
Still based in Portland – today – and virtually to keep families safe during the pandemic, CGC serves nearly 3,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. From July 2020 – June 2021, the Center served 621 individuals in peer support groups.
The Center for Grieving Children was designed with intention…to make the utmost effort to provide a space that feels safe, warm, welcoming, and nurturing.
Support & resources when someone close dies
Expressing feelings in a safe place is part of the healing process after a death. At the Center, children, teens, young adults, and adults benefit from a supportive environment where they can be with others who have experienced similar losses. We provide peer support groups for children ages 3-18 and their parents and caregivers; young adults ages 19-30; and bereaved parents and young widowers/partners.
Helping families cope with serious illness
From the point of diagnosis, a life-impacting illness affects everyone in the family. The Center provides Peer Support Groups for children ages 3-18, with separate groups for the adult with the illness and the adult caregiver, and young adults age 19-30. We also provide phone support, and community outreach and education.
Creating healing communities for our youth
Since 1997, the Center’s Intercultural Peer Support Program has collaborated with Portland Public Schools and others to serve children, teens, and their families who have resettled locally from countries experiencing war, persecution, and natural disaster. Children’s Peer Support Groups are held at the Center, area schools, or other organizations.
So Stop by and Buy A Bun! In support of this important group 🙂