October 27 – Scarborough, ME
The death or serious illness of a loved one is devastating for everyone, but it can be especially traumatic for children. Smith & Wilkinson is proud to support The Center for Grieving Children, a unique organization in southern Maine which supports more than 4,000 children and families through peer support and community involvement as they navigate the death or serious illness of a close family member. Considering that one in seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before their 20th birthday, the importance of the services provided by the Center for Grieving Children cannot be understated.
Founded in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children provides support groups for children of all ages and their families. In addition to grief and bereavement services for children and teens, the Center for Grieving Children also offers crisis response services, intercultural services for Maine’s thriving international communities, and a support group for parents who have lost children at any age.
The majority of the work done at the Center is performed by volunteers and community members who believe in the mission of the Center. The staff at the Center not only provides free support with no time limits to members of our community but has worked with schools, summer camps, hospice workers, churches and many other family and youth service organizations across Southern Maine.
There are many ways to get involved and support the center. You can volunteer as a peer facilitator, community educator, administrative and operational support, or participate in one of the center’s many fundraising events. You can learn more about volunteering and donating to the Center at their website.
Unfortunately, the death of a loved one is something many children will experience. As part of our commitment to contribute to local charities, Smith & Wilkinson is gratified to support an organization that makes such a monumental difference in the healing process for Maine families.