Your Santa Fe center for grieving children and families
offering free grief support services since 1997.
Gerard’s House is a safe place for grieving children, teenagers and families, where healing happens through acceptance and peer support. All of our services are offered free to any family with one or more children, ages 3-21, who are grieving the death of a close relative or friend and to any school or other youth community within which a death has occurred.
Grief is often hard to understand –especially for young people- and can create a range of emotional responses such as loneliness, anger, guilt, sadness, low self-esteem, withdrawal, acting out, numbness and depression.
Gerard’s House has transformed thousands of young lives. The work of grieving is done by the kids, teenagers and families themselves. Though we cannot do that work for them, we can provide a caring, nurturing and accepting space which normalizes the grief experience of each individual, and gives them an opportunity to move through it in a safe way. Most of all, we offer every grieving child and teen a peer grief support group where they can be with other kids and teens their own age who can identify with them, and are grieving too.
At Gerard’s House we believe that:
· Grief is a natural reaction to death for children and adults.
· Within each individual is the capacity to heal.
· The duration and intensity of grief are unique for every individual.
· Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process.
Peer grief support groups for ages 3-21 meet after school or in the evening throughout the school year. All services are free and it’s easy to enroll. Give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment for family orientation, where we’ll introduce you to the Gerard’s House program and answer your questions about peer grief support. Young adults (ages 18-21), you are also welcome to call.
In the summer we offer Camp Rainbow for older children, Rainbow Days for younger children and ongoing movie nights and activities for teens and young adults.
· Living with Illness – individual and group support for children and teenagers who have a family member with a life-threatening illness.
· Crisis Response and education for schools and youth organizations.
· Individual grief support for Spanish speaking families.
All of our programs and services are offered free of charge. Please call (505)424-1800 to set up an orientation, inquire about groups, summer programs or volunteering or with any additional questions.