Mending Hearts: A place where hurting hearts are mended
To cultivate healing for grieving youth, their families, and the community through peer support group programs, training, education, and outreach.
Children and Grief
Grief is a term often used to describe the wide range of emotional and physical reactions that arise when someone has experienced the death of a loved one, or is living in anticipation of a death. Grief feelings may include shock, sadness, anger, denial, and loss of control. An array of physical reactions may also be present, such as loss of appetite, memory, sleeplessness, and lack of concentration. At the Center we believe that each person’s journey through grief is unique and therefore deserving of a distinctive approach to healing. We help children and their caregivers understand the depth of their grief, stabilize and preserve family relationships, and cope with the loss of their loved one.
Our peer support group programs bring together children, teens, and their caregivers with similar loss experiences to help normalize feelings, share experiences, and grieve the death of a loved one. Peer support group programs are open-ended and are offered at no cost to families. Each group meets twice a month in a safe, nurturing environment conducive to healing. Children who attend groups engage in therapeutic activities such as: play therapy, narrative therapy, art, poetry, journaling, music, meditation, dance/movement, and recreational activities, all of which help process their feelings of grief.
Prior to enrolling in a peer support group program, families attend an individual intake interview, at no cost to the family. To schedule an individual intake interview, please call 979-690-4673, ask for Kay.
MHGC Volunteer Opportunities
The Center is a volunteer-driven organization. Wherever your time and talents may be, there is a match for you to help us link hearts, mend spirits, and transform lives. We invite you to make a difference in any of the following ways:
- Become a trained support group facilitator
- Sponsor and serve dinner to a support group
- Donate items from our Wish List listed on our website
- Join the Friends of Mending Hearts Grief Center
Help Mend Hurting Hearts
The Center is supported by donations. Your tax-deductible contribution is always needed and appreciated. You may make checks payable to Christ UMC and write Mending Hearts Grief Center on the memo line.
You may mail your contribution to:
Christ United Methodist Church
4201 State Highway 6 South
College Station, TX 77845
Contact: Christ UMC at 979-690-4673 or School Counselor Kathe Hawkins , M.A. at 979-225-0967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor Rev. Tommy Myrick, M.S. at 979-595-6022 or email email@example.com
For more information please visit our website at www.mendingheartsgriefcenter.org
Mending Hearts Grief Center is a part of The Hope Center, a Missions Outreach Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church