Grief Outreach for Schools and Nonprofits

COVID 19 Updates

The Grief Center is keeping the health and safety of our clients as our first priority.

Our Crisis Response and Outreach Services are available for local area schools. We are consulting with each school on a case by case basis to determine the best way to fit their needs and provide professional grief support for their employees and students.

To schedule your Outreach Services please call 918-587-1200 or contact our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org

If you call and there is no answer, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned in the next 24 hours. Our mission is to be a safe place to grieve for all of Northeast Oklahoma, and we need that safe place now more than ever. We will continue to provide hope and help to all we can, adjusting our methods to address the new and ever-changing health climate.


Outreach Services for Schools:

Healing Hearts Club

The Healing Hearts Club is a six-week grief group offered free of charge to area public schools. Through the use of age-appropriate curriculum, students K-12 learn about the grief experience while strengthening coping skills and increasing peer support. Our unique program is specifically designed to address the many complications children face after a significant loss occurs. A wide variety of therapeutic activities including expressive arts, media, games, writing and discussion keep participants engaged in the group experience.

Group curriculum is available for death losses, life losses (parental incarceration, relocation, guardianship changes, etc.) and divorce.

To host a Healing Hearts Club at your school, contact us at 918.587.1200 ext. 102 or email our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director, Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org

In Praise of the Healing Hearts Club

“I want to share a quick story: Two years ago we had a student who had suffered in his grief over the loss of a family member for several years. He just never had anyone he could talk to about it. He joined the Healing Hearts Club, opened up to the other kids in the group and, by his own report, was able to finally move past a very painful loss and find joy again. Our teens don’t usually know what to do with their grief and it is compounded when they feel like they are the only one struggling. Healing Hearts gives them a sense of comradery and support like nothing else can.”

Paula M. Lau, LPC, LADC\ Student Assistance Program Coordinator\ Jenks Public Schools

Crisis Response Team

The Grief Center’s Crisis Response Team is available for local area schools for on-site grief support, training for school administration, leadership, or HR departments, debriefing or follow-up counseling after an employee or student death or community crisis and when necessary, long-term aftercare.

The Crisis Response Team can also assist schools with the development of a crisis response plan, make suggestions for handling death notifications as well as education for staff regarding how to best identify and assist a student in grief.

Call 918.587.1200 ext. 102 to request our Crisis Response Team, or email our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org


Outreach Services for Nonprofits:

Healing Hearts Club

Healing Hearts Clubs can also be held at nonprofit organizations serving children ages 6 - 17. Our Outreach Program Director can coordinate with your agency to create a Healing Hearts Club schedule that works for you and the youths you serve.

To plan your group, please call 918.587.1200 ext. 102 or email our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director, Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org.

Adult Groups

Groups are offered offsite for adults as well. These groups are provided at no cost to local nonprofits. Each group is facilitated by a trained Grief Center employee, and can be offered on a schedule that works for you and your organization.

Groups we currently offer for adults offsite:

  • Spouse Loss
  • Child Loss
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Group
  • General Loss
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Life Loss

Is there a specific type of grief you would like to address with clients your agency serves? Let us know what you are looking for and our Outreach Team can create a group that fits your needs.

To plan your group, please call 918.587.1200 ext. 102 or email our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director, Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org.

Crisis Response Team

The Grief Center’s Crisis Response Team is available for local nonprofits for counseling support on-site, as well as debriefing or follow-up counseling after a sudden death impacting the clients you serve, your employee team, or other community crisis.

Our crisis counselors can provide individual or group counseling, group debriefing, training for management, leadership or HR departments, and when necessary, long-term aftercare.

The Crisis Response Team can also assist your organization with the development of a crisis response plan, make suggestions for handling death notifications as well as education for staff regarding how to best assist someone in grief.

Call 918.587.1200 ext. 102 to request our Crisis Response Team, or email our Grief Outreach and Intervention Program Director Lucretia Pardiñas at Lucretia@thegriefcenter.org