With nationally recognized expertise, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma in the Greater Washington region.

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In the News

Taking Control of an Out-of-Control Situation

By Michelle Palmer. It feels like a perfect storm, as we enter month seven of enduring lives upturned by the pandemic. There are aspects of this shared experience that are worth exploring, understanding, and learning from.
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A New Existence: Teaching through COVID-19

One of the best ways we can support other people is by practicing compassion, both for ourselves and for our students. We do that by providing a safe, accepting space. We can acknowledge and validate the range of experiences our students share with us. None of us has ever done this before, and no one… read more»

A New Existence: Living with COVID-19

Grief changes the context of our existence and therefore we must change within that context. Collectively we are learning to live within this new existence. This new way of being is layered with new challenges and uncertainty. We have lots of questions and not a lot of answers. One of the challenges of this moment… read more»

Dear Teen Navigating COVID-19

We see you. In the middle of March, you left school with the expectation of returning in two weeks. Two weeks turned into summer vacation. We never imagined spring and summer would look like this AND we don’t know what the 20-21 school year will bring. This is hard.
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Workshops for Mental Health Professionals

Helping Children and Youth Heal in a New Era of Grief

The Wendt Center Training Institute is offering a new virtual workshop, “Helping Children and Youth Heal in a New Era of Grief,” on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Designed with licensed mental health professionals and school-based clinicians in mind, the program will provide vital knowledge about grief in children and youth, as well as provide practical tools to help kids heal.
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Camp Forget Me Not - Camp Erin

In 2020, in lieu of Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, the Wendt Center will host online camp workshops designed to provide grieving youth and their families with interventions to help them remember and honor loved ones who have died. “Grieving Families Healing Together” camp workshops will allow participants to learn new ways of coping and caring for self.

Camp Forget Me Not/Camp Erin DC is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 7 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. The camp is not designed as a replacement for therapy but as an enjoyable opportunity to explore grief where a child’s self-expression is heard, valued and honored.

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2020 Benefit Front

Changing Lives


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