|Who We Are|
Good Grief's mission is to normalize grief in our communities through education, advocacy and year-round grief support programs for grieving children, teens and adults. Good Grief is a loving and supportive community, a home and a refuge, for New Jersey’s grieving children. Through our peer-support programs and educational workshops, Good Grief creates a community and environment that normalizes grief and honors the individual grief journey.
At Good Grief, we believe children are resilient and have an innate ability to heal after a death, and that a supportive community makes all the difference!
Good Grief, Inc. was founded in December 2003 by a group of volunteers concerned about the lack of ongoing, effective grief support services and grief education in New Jersey. The two goals were to create educational programs for the adults in children's lives and to provide accessible year-round direct service through a grief support center. Since 2004 thousands of teachers and students throughout New Jersey have attended our Conversations on Loss workshops.
Our Peer Support Program
On September 11th, 2007 our peer support program launched at Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey with one Night of Support and by December, 2010 we had grown to provide four Nights of Support. In February 2011, we moved to our beautiful home in Morristown, NJ, and opened the doors to our families in April 2011. We offer year-round peer support groups for parents and their children, ages 3-18, and young adults, ages 18-30. In September 2012 on our 5th birthday, we launched our 5th Night of Support. On November 15, 2012 Good Grief opened its Princeton office to begin enrolling families for the opening of its Central New Jersey programs on Febraury 6, 2013. We now serve participants from 100 towns throughout Northern New Jersey and will serve an additional 40 or more in Central New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In just 5 years, we have served more than 750 children, teens and adults through direct programs. From the one Night of Support to five in five years, we have become the largest children's bereavement program in New Jersey and one of the fastest growing grief centers in the country.
Good Grief's Board of Trustees and staff have mapped out a strategic road map for the next five to ten years. We plan to open satellite centers to reach underserved communities and populations throughout New Jersey. Additionally, our programs will continue to grow to meet demand. In 2013 we will begin providing Spanish-speaking programs thanks to a generous contribution from the New York Life Foundation.