School Based Grief Services

Our Crisis Response and Outreach Services are available virtually and in-person for local area schools and nonprofits. 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

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.

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.

Professional Development

The Grief Center offers customized professional development training on a variety of topics. If there is a topic you would like a training session on, please contact us and our team will develop your custom training.


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.

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
  • General Loss

Is there another 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.

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.