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The Center for Grieving Children and Good Grief, Inc.


Joseph Primo, M.Div.

 Chief Executive Officer, Good Grief Inc.

President, National Alliance for Grieving Children.


The Center for Grieving Children
3300 Henry Avenue
Falls Center Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Monday, May 18, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)


Continuing Education Series: “What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids About Death and Dying.”

Participants can expect to learn:

  • An understanding of the historic context of grief in America
  • An understanding of the needs of grieving children
  • A reframing of adult expectations from a child’s perspective

Joseph Primo, M.Div. is the CEO of Good Grief in New Jersey, a statewide nonprofit. Good Grief’s programs serve hundreds of children and families each year after the death of a mom, dad, brother or sister. Joseph Primo serves as the President of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. He received a Masters of Divinity from Yale University and was formerly a hospice chaplain at both The Connecticut Hospice and The Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut. Joseph Primo is author of What Do We Tell the Children?: Talking to Kids About Death and Dying,Abingdon, 2013, and “The Business of Grief,” which appears in At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die by CNF Press.

NASW-PA is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 2 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for Social Workers (section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapists (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and  Professional Counselors. 

Click the link below to to sign up at our Eventbrite page for the event.

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Questions about the event can be directed to Lauren DeMarco, Director of Community Based Programming

267-437-3123 x1

Would you like to be a part of helping children and families grow through their grief? Here is your opportunity! The Center for Grieving Children is still accepting applications for volunteers. You do not need counseling experience to volunteer with us. Simply attend a two-day training on January 23.

Download our volunteer application by clicking on the button below.
To begin the Group Volunteer Facilitator application process, simply complete the inquiry form below.


Please contact Dr. Angelle Richardson at 267-437-3123 extension 2 or with any questions.

Golf Grieving Children 1Join The Center on Monday June 1st, 2015 for our 14th Annual Golf Invitational at White Manor Country Club! White Manor Country Club is located at 831 Providence Road in Malvern, PA and registration starts at 11:30am. At this time the practice range will be open and lunch will be available. Golf begins at 1:00pm and will be a shotgun start – scramble format. After golf we will have Silent Auction, Open Bar, Dinner & Live Auction all beginning at 6:oo pm.

For online registration, sponsorships and more information please click on the link below.

For questions please contact Austin Egan, the Center’s Development and Communications Associate.

(267) 437-3123 x 4

CGC Rembrandt's Flyer 3.5.15Gather your best and brightest friends together to show your smarts for a fun night to benefit The Center for Grieving Children.

Our Young Professionals Board is hosting this great event, where there will be $3 house wines, well drinks & select drafts as well as $5 food menu items.

Come and flex your brainpower for a great cause!

Interested in volunteering as a group facilitator with The Center? Join Center staff for this informative and engaging two-day (Saturday and Sunday) training to be able to provide hope to children and teens who have experienced the death of a close loved one.

Where: The Center for Grieving Children, 3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19129

When: Saturday January 24th (10 am – 5 pm) & Sunday January 25th (11 am – 5 pm)

For more information, please contact Angelle Richardson, Director of Center-Based Programming, at 267-437-3123 extension 2 or via email at

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How you can help

The Center is always in need of food items, gift cards, games, art and craft supplies, and many other items. If you would like to donate an item on our Wish List, you can drop it off at our office located in East Falls or you can mail it to 3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19129. For more information, you can contact The Center directly at 267-437-3123.

Click below to view our wish list items or download our wish list here.

Food Items

  • Granola Bars
  • Animal Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish
  • Graham Crackers
  • Juice Boxes

Gift Cards

  • Craft Stores (Michaels, AC Moore, JoAnne Fabric)
  • Grocery Stores (Acme, ShopRite, BJs Wholesale)
  • Office Supply Stores (Staples, Office Depot)
  • Retail Stores (Target, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes and Noble)


  • Candy land
  • Jenga

Arts and Craft Supplies

  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Sanford Uni Paint Pens (Amazon)
  • Glitter Pens
  • Scrapbook Stickers
  • Photo boxes (Memory Boxes)
  • Clay Pots (1’’ and 3’’)
  • Construction Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Children’s scissors
  • Glue/Glue Sticks/Glitter Glue
  • Balloons
  • Small Helium Tanks

Other Items

  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins
  • Plastic ware
  • Cups: Cold and Hot Beverages



Thank you to our amazing Fall Fest Sponsors, who helped make the 2014 Fall Fest our best fundraising event yet!

With you at our side, The Center is making our city stronger … one child at a time!

Fall Fest Sponsors

The Center is currently seeking dedicated professionals to help support its programming and office coordination. There are currently three open, part-time positions listed below.

Please follow the links to obtain additional information for each position.

Office Coordinator (Part-Time)

Group Clinician (Part-Time)

School Group Clinician (Part-Time)


The Center for Grieving Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in its workplace.


Eagles Care Logo - StackedJoin The Center for Grieving Children and its Young Professional Board to cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles as they play the Arizona Cardinals. We’ll also be gearing up for our 3rd Annual Fall Fest which takes place on November 20th.

Cost: $25 includes domestic bottles, all 14 draft beers, house wine, well drinks, AND food

RSVP in advance and get a free raffle ticket! Walk-up guests welcomed.

This is an open invitation. Mark your calendars and invite colleagues, family and friends.

If you cannot make it, show your support with a donation. Any amount helps!

Tell your friends on Facebook about the event! #FallFestPreGame


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Please be our guest to the Fourth Annual Fall Fest — Hope for the Holidays.  All proceeds go to The Center for Grieving Children, the only citywide, free resource for grieving children and families that fosters resiliency with and in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Austin Egan, Development and Communications Associate, at or at 267-437-3123 ext. 4

The Center for Grieving Children
Making Our City Stronger, One Child At A Time

Join your friends at The Down Town Club to honor Steve Bohner, CFO of AmeriHealth Caritas for his commitment to The Center for Grieving Children.  The evening will include cocktails, a delicious dinner, live & silent auctions, and live music!

Cocktail attire recommended.

Event Info

November 20, 2014

6:00 p.m.

The Down Town Club
600 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Free Valet Parking