Fall 2020 Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director

Hello Everyone!

As fall is just around the corner, I hope everyone is getting to enjoy the last bit of summer weather we have.

The last few months have been difficult, wonderful, uplifting, and even frightening here at The Healing Center.  But the one thing that has filled the hearts and minds of the staff and volunteers here is gratitude.  Gratitude for your generosity, adaptability, and tremendous support as everyone had to navigate a whole new way of life.  The Healing Center is built on a solid foundation of community, and that has become more apparent over the last several months.  This community has stepped in to help the organization adapt to online group sessions and finding new ways to keep the community connected.

A great example of this was The Healing Helpers!  If you have not heard about them, they are a family who knows the importance of community in grief.  They wanted to make sure that every child at The Healing Center had what they needed to process their grief and find comfort when they were not physically in our groups.  The Healing Helpers we able to fundraise and put together care packages for all of the Healing Center children.  Then a swarm of volunteers helped us to deliver those boxes to each family.  I know it warms my heart to think of the love and support this community offers.  And for that, I am extraordinarily grateful.  Thank you to each and every one of you that keep this community going.  We truly could not do any of this without you.




Chase Huffman

Executive Director

The Healing Center’s turning 20!

It’s our birthday!

Come celebrate The Healing Center’s impact over the past 20 years! Join us from the comfort of your home as we celebrate the people we serve and honor the success of our community!

It’s free to attend! Click here to RSVP online.

2020 Community Impact


Client Spotlight: Gracie Breunig, Young Adult Group

What made you reach out to The Healing Center for support?

A few months after my dad died I didn’t know where to turn. I wanted to be able to connect with people who understood, share experiences, and find ways to move through life with loss with the support of others. I didn’t want to burden the people in my life with things they didn’t understand. I knew I couldn’t do it by myself and I was looking for a group of people who might be able to understand what it’s like to grieve. It’s the club you don’t want anyone else to have to be a part of but if they end up joining, you’re thankful for them being there. Losing someone can be incredibly isolating and I was hoping there was a place out there like The Healing Center to not only get some help myself but try to help others as well.

What hopes or fears did you have about joining the Young Adult Group?

The experience I have had with the Young Adult Group at The Healing Center is beyond what I ever could have expected. I was hoping I’d find a group of people who understood a sliver of my experience, maybe wouldn’t judge me if I shared something personal, and could share a few ideas for how I could learn to live with loss. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to connect with people or that I would be an outsider but what I have discovered at The Healing Center is a group of caring, honest, thoughtful, trustworthy, and understanding people who truly believe in the good of the group. My secret hope was that I could even find a group of people who could laugh through all of this-and I did.

What have you found helpful from your experience in group?

Our facilitator Jourdan is incredible. He is respectful, patient, supportive, and truthful while simultaneously being wonderfully blunt, funny, and thought provoking. He finds ways for our group to contribute and connect over shared experiences without forcing it. He is one of the biggest reasons I have continued to come back week after week. Our group wouldn’t be nearly as awesome if it weren’t for Jourdan. Thank you for everything you do, Jourdan!

What do you think about the web-based meetings while we deal with the ongoing pandemic?

While web-based meetings certainly aren’t ideal, I have found them to be incredibly helpful. We are in a time of continuous grief and having regular group meetings has not only provided a place to share and connect but also to heal and grow. I think our virtual group works because everyone remains vulnerable and open despite the distance. I think Jourdan does a great job setting the example for how to bridge the gap through our screens. Thankfully, everyone in the Young Adult group does the same and we continue to connect despite the distance. While I miss seeing everyone in person, I am incredibly appreciative for the virtual meetings because grief doesn’t stop just because we can’t meet in person.

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Gutmann

How did you first hear about The Healing Center and become involved with the Healing Center community? 

I was a client of the Healing Center after my husband unexpectedly passed away about 4 years ago. I was in search of a support group of other people in a similar age range to mine who had experienced loss and grief. I so wanted to learn from others and hear their stories. I wanted validation that what I was feeling was ‘normal’ or at least wasn’t permanent.

What kind of volunteer work have you done for The Healing Center?

I serve on the board of The Healing Center and co-facilitate the Transitions Group with another volunteer and trained therapist. These are men and women who have moved through the first year or so of partner loss and are transitioning into making a life adjustment to their ‘new normal.’ Yet, they still have a lot of pain, sadness and grief to work through as it’s an ongoing process. During this transition, our clients learn to integrate their deceased loved one into their present life as they move forward. This support community is so valuable and helpful. A lot of people feel like they should be further along in their grief journey or their friends and family expect them to be and yet, they need a safe place to express their feelings, share stories and feel like they aren’t alone.

Why did you feel inspired to get involved in volunteering with the Healing Center? 

I’m fascinated by how different people process and experience hardship. I have done a lot of reading and exploring on my own, following the death of my husband, about some of the most difficult subjects we are faced with when a sudden unexpected loss occurs, like uncertainty, change, vulnerability, lack of control, forgiveness to name a few. I wanted to give back, share what I’ve learned, hear how others process grief and experience resiliency.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?  

There is a stigma around death in our culture, we don’t speak about it openly or honor the dead, the way some other cultures do. The Healing Center is a small yet mighty local organization. We serve an under-served community. Everyone in their lifetime will experience loss, but there are so few resources to help people cope. Grieving is a significant experience that affects both the mind and the body. Yet, we don’t commonly speak about it the way we do many other ‘life events.’ So many are at a loss for how to make sense of their feelings. The Healing Center is a warm and loving community that welcomes children and adults suffering from grief, in a safe and nurturing setting.

Virtual Group Support Update

The Healing Center always considers the safety of our clients first.  For this reason, we wanted to communicate the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on our programming.

The Healing Center continues to closely follow the recommendations of public health agencies and the Governor, Jay Inslee. We are going to continue our virtual group support for the foreseeable future, and the physical building will remain closed. Our hope is that we will be able to open safely as we near the fall.

We will create and share a plan for offering in person support when King County announces movement into phase three of the reopening plan.

For more information and resources, we recommend the trusted resources of local and national health authorities, including:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.


Chase Huffman

Executive Director

Racial Equity Statement

This is a critical moment in the world’s history. We are grieving the tragic and violent deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, along with the many black lives lost before them as a global community.

The Healing Center’s core values include respect and compassion for all grieving people, as well as to hold space to process grief in a healing way. Generations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have faced the agony of oppression, violence and social injustice; a reality that opposes The Healing Center’s core values.

We stand by and in support of Black, Indigenous and People of Color within our community and across the globe. And we stand with Black Lives Matter and other organizations committed to dismantling racism, the status quo cannot persist.

As an organization, we are having conversations about the systems we participate in, what changes we can make within our organization, as well ways we can make changes within our community. To be transparent; we don’t have all the answers or a perfectly crafted long-term plan, but we have developed a short list of immediate actions we will take. And we’ll share an update on our progress and future plans in the coming weeks.

To close, we’ve included few resources for processing violent death. We know these resources are not enough, but we hope they can be a small source of help and guidance.

With Love,

The Healing Center

Update COVID-19 Communication

The Healing Center always considers the safety of our clients first.  For this reason, we wanted to communicate with you regarding updates to coronavirus and recommendations we have received.

Public health agencies are now strongly encouraging the cancellation of groups over 10 people. Additionally, we serve several individuals who are at higher risk for complications from coronavirus. For this reason, we are taking the following actions:

  • Starting the week of March 30th, we are offering virtual meetings for our Teen Group, Healing Club 456 and Healing Club 123.
  • The volunteer training scheduled for March is being cancelled and will rescheduled.
  • All adult groups from 3/10 through April will be offered virtually. All clients should check their email for additional information.
  • Intake meetings and phone screenings will take place over the phone or virtually.

This is a difficult decision, but the health and well-being of our community is most important to us. We understand during this time of anxiety around public health there is additional strain on those coping with the loss of a loved one. For immediate help at any time, please call Crisis Connections at 206-461-3222. We deeply appreciate your understanding.

For more information and resources, we recommend the trusted resources of local and national health authorities, including:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.


Chase Huffman
Executive Director

COVID-19 Communication

You have likely heard about the increasing concerns for the coronavirus with new cases being confirmed in the Seattle area. The Healing Center continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as more cases are confirmed locally and nationally. Please know that we are adhering to the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus and also the CDC’s guidance for planning and response to the corona virus. We will follow and align with up-to-date local, state, and federal public health guidelines. Additionally, we will communicate with you any changes or recommendations as soon as possible via email and Facebook.


We understand this information can cause heightened concern, however, it is better to be prepared and practice preventative actions. We strongly encourage the following in helping to prevent the spread of any illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.

In addition to this, we are taking extra care to clean and disinfectant common areas and surfaces at the center. We urge you to everyone to use their best judgement in attending groups, as we serve a wide variety of participants, including some individuals at higher risk for infection and complications.


For more information and resources, we recommend the trusted resources of local and national health authorities, including:


And here is an article from the Seattle Times and talking to children about COVID-19: https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-novel-coronavirus/


Please feel free to ask questions if you have them. The Washington State Department of Health also has established a call center to address questions about the COVID-19 virus, what is happening in our state and what to do if you have symptoms. That phone number is 1-800-525-0127 and press #.




Chase Huffman

Executive Director


Winter 2020 Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director

Greetings Everyone,

The Healing Center is officially in its 20th year of operation, thanks to the community of support around us. As we head into this exciting milestone, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the great work that you have made possible. While there are many things that I am proud we have accomplished together, here is just a few highlights from 2019 of how you made a difference in the lives of our community:

  • Last year we served a total of 364 individuals in all of our grief support programs
  • 20 volunteers committed their time and talent to facilitating our support groups
  • We held 234 group support sessions
  • In total, we had 351 hours of group support service

The most remarkable accomplishment is that you, our generous supporters, have made all of this possible. As you know, The Healing Center only exists due to the funding provided by our supporters. As we head into this celebratory year, I hope you will join me in ensuring The Healing Center is around for many more years to come. Throughout this year, we will continue reflecting on how far we have come together. We also have an exciting celebration planned later this year, to truly celebrate the last 20 years. On behalf of the whole team here at the center, THANK YOU! We couldn’t do this without you.


Chase Huffman

Executive Director

Gearing up for a new year of programming!

In November, 7 people attended our fall volunteer facilitator training led by Clinical Director Jen McCormick and Youth Program Therapist Kelsey Sawyer. We were so excited to welcome a new crop of volunteers to our community!

We still need more volunteer group facilitator. Our next training is March 14th. Please reach out to Jen at hello@healingcenterseattle.org if you would like to join the upcoming training.

Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Sanders

How did you first become involved with The Healing Center?
The Healing center was recommended to me after the grief group I was participating in at my church ended it’s program.
What inspired you to start volunteering as a kid’s group facilitator?

I had been feeling like I wanted to continue participating in a healing environment and help show others that you can get comfortable with your grief and even enjoy life. I wanted especially to share with kids so they could see that after a while you learn to have your persons memory with you all the time and that it can make you happy… most of the time. I wanted to show that you can be happy in life even if you are still sad about the fact that someone you loved has died.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your involvement with The Healing Center in the past and what do you look forward to in your new volunteer facilitator role?
I have enjoyed volunteering to help with events, it’s wonderful to see the growing support for The Healing Center and see more awareness for a serious condition in many of our lives. When I am working with the children and parents at the little kids group I love seeing how the families support each other. The support and connection is profound. I am glad to be a part of this organization.

Client Spotlight: Maygan Wurzer

How did you first get connected with The Healing Center?
A dear friend who lost his spouse let me know about your amazing organization. When my husband died just before Christmas, the start of the New Year was beyond imaginable. I was grateful to have a place to reach out that I knew would be of ‘help’ on my new path in life.
What inspires you to support The Healing Center?
The people who work here – tirelessly! They make sure families, clients, and children have a warm, inviting space to come to — in order to be seen, feel heard, and supported. I’m inspired by the caring staff and look back on my time in groups with a lot of gratitude for the folks who work here. It is also a privilege to be remain connected to clients – now friends – whom I met at THC as we all navigated the early stages of grief together. I’m inspired by their resilience and the sense of community we have built with each other.
What part of our program services is the most meaningful for you?
For me, having a weekly support group was incredibly meaningful – as it allowed me a chance to come up for air, connect with others in similar circumstances and realize I was doing the best I could. In that small living room, we were able to share anything that we felt and hold space for each other – it was a true gift and that allowed me to feel however I felt and then keep moving forward.  The several retreats organized by clinicians were also super-valuable – as it allowed time and space to explore my grief further and connect with fellow group members over longer periods of time too.  We are so fortunate for THC – and I believe I am thriving today because of the services I received.
What are your hopes for the future of our organization?
It would be my hope that more people become aware of the power of THC and what incredible support it offers to people on the unwelcome journey through loss. Wouldn’t it be ‘great’ if everyone knew about THC and the connection people can find when they are brave enough to go? I think one of our biggest goals as we move forward, is to help convey the importance of mental health — it is inseparable from grief and loss – and one of the best ways to be mentally okay is to find a place that upholds everyone — wherever they are at — in that journey.  The Healing Center IS that place – a safe community for children and adults to experience all that comes with the death of a loved one and still find ways to being ‘okay’ again.  I am grateful to THC for allowing me an outlet for my grief and helping me (and my children) move forward in life.

Three Ways to Support The Healing Center in 2020!

  1. Give: Sign up for monthly donations on our website at www.healingcenterseattle.org/give
  2. Volunteer: Help with future events, join our Board of Directors, or serve as a volunteer group facilitator.
  3. In-kind Donation: A list of items needed is available on our website.

For more information, visit www.healingcenterseattle.org or reach out to hello@healingcenterseattle.org.


Returning Clinical Director, Jen McCormick

I am excited to announce that Jen McCormick will be returning to The Healing Center for an interim period as the Clinical Director.  Jen is renowned in the grief community for her expertise and we are thrilled to have her join us.  Her passion for The Healing Center and previous experience in helping build our group programming is a huge asset to the organization, and we are certain she is the perfect fit for the role.

Jen earned her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002. She began her career in community mental health and worked as a case manager for Sound Mental Health as well as a social worker at Harborview, UWMC, and Overlake on the inpatient psychiatric units. Jen served as an Emergency Department social worker at UWMC for several years and later moved on to work as a hospice social worker for Providence. During her time there, she volunteered at Camp Erin, a grief and loss camp for kids and adolescents. In 2013, Jen earned a post-graduate Certificate in Psychological Trauma Treatment from the University of Washington.

Jen served as Clinical Director at The Healing Center from 2013 to 2017, when she left to focus on building her private practice. She currently co-facilitates groups for Separation and Loss Services, conducts training for Art with Heart, and is a social worker with the Journey Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, Jen has a part-time private practice with her dear friend and fellow UW MSW grad in the University District.

Here is what Jen has to say about returning to The Healing Center:

The Healing Center has always held a special place in my heart, and the choice to leave in 2017 was a difficult one. I love the opportunity I have had to create a thriving private practice in the past few years, and I find myself wanting to give back to the grief community in a bigger way. To that end, I was thrilled to meet Chase and learn about the opportunities available at The Healing Center now. I truly look forward to teaming up with Chase and working with the staff to grow The Healing Center to its full potential!

Please join me in welcoming Jen back to The Healing Center.


Chase Huffman

Executive Director – The Healing Center

Available Clinical Director Position (Filed as of 10/1/2019)

Filed as of 10/1/2019

About the Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We serve 400+ adults, young adults, teens and children who have experienced the death of a spouse/partner, parent, sibling, child, relative or friend.

  • We provide support and guidance on the grieving and healing process.
  • We offer individual support, as well as programs and activities where you can benefit from the community of people served by The Healing Center.
  • We provide an environment – supported by our community and staff – where you decide when to come, how to grieve, how long and how often you decide to receive services.

The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults and children alike; can meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so they can begin rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and find new meaning as they reinvest in life.

Clinical Director Job Description:

The Healing Center is seeking a Clinical Director to oversee its programs and clinical staff.  The Director will develop, plan, and implement strategies for program continuation and growth while providing clinical training to clinical staff, interns, and volunteer group facilitators.  The candidate must have a positive and supportive attitude and strong belief in The Healing Center’s mission and vision.  This role provides both clinical and personnel supervision of the clinical staff.  Must have the ability to think creatively, solve problems, have good decision-making skills, and like working with families and kids.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and oversee all aspects of the clinical programs demonstrated by setting program strategy goals and objectives that adhere to The Healing Center’s mission.
  • Provides direction to clinical staff in carrying out their individual responsibilities; applies regulations, policies, operational procedures, and objectives; reviews operations in assigned area to ensure high level of quality is consistent with organizational standards.
  • Provides strategic direction and leads the clinical team in meeting the overall objectives of the organization in support of the long term strategic plan of the Healing Center.
  • Develops and implements clinical goals and objectives within the organization and externally with all partners.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage change and organizational design.
  • Promotes effective communication interface, acts as liaison with administrative staff, and the Board to facilitate information-sharing, collaborative problem-solving and adequate provision of services.
  • Recruits and develops all team members and promotes a positive team culture and environment. Delegates appropriately and holds team members accountable.
  • Participates in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program for groups.
  • Provide coverage for group facilitation during therapist absence.
  • Provide outreach to schools and other organizations in need of response to a grief event in the community as needed.
  • Supervision of graduate-level practicum students and clinical supervision for program therapists.
  • Respond to clinical emergencies and volunteer/group member concerns, and assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed.
  • Maintain consistent contact with group members and guardians/caregivers, specifically those in need of additional support
  • Lead weekly clinical staff meetings/case consultation
  • Assess and create an identification and training plan for peer volunteers.
  • Ability to identify and build relationships with community partners and referral sources.
  • Work alongside administrative staff to plan and execute client events, including social events throughout the year.
  • Participate in fundraising and partner events throughout the year.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, or Licensed Psychologist
  • Clinical Supervisor approved for Washington State
  • Five plus years of progressively responsible experience and staff supervision, including expertise transforming clinical staff into a high-performance team
  • Minimum of two post-graduate years working with children and families in a clinical setting
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Ability to provide presentations in the community
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of The Healing Center
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Experience with and working knowledge of grief and loss in children across the developmental span
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles
  • Ability to work flexible hours.


Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

June 2019 Newsletter

Board Update

Sunset in Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park


Hi, it’s been a while.  In fact, I think the last time you heard from us was December and for that I apologize.  There is so much going on—including some amazing updates I want to share with you on the behalf of the board.  Before I get to our news, I want to recap our journey over the last two years to provide context.  Back in the summer of 2017, The Healing Center was on the precipice of closing.  I’m so pleased that since then we’ve hired an Operations Director, a new Clinical Director, and kept programs running without interruption.  We used the money raised from the GoFundMe campaign in January 2018 to help pay our housing costs last year. During the past year, our meeting space got a fresh coat of paint as well as new furniture and our little house in the alley is looking amazing.  If you haven’t visited recently, I encourage you to swing by and see for yourself.

Our groups have continued to grow, and demand for our services has never been greater.  All of you have provided the support and encouragement we’ve needed to get through two years of rebuilding.  We’ve grown the board from three members in Summer 2017 to our current ten members.  Last month, we added 3 new board members.

The most exciting news I have to share is that The Healing Center has a new Executive Director, Chase Huffman. Chase will have a recurring spot in this newsletter starting this month, so read on for his comments. We can’t wait for you all to meet Chase and see how amazing he is.

The Healing Center’s program services still require a little more tweaking to ensure we have the right grief programs in place, the right number of therapists to those support groups and that The Healing Center has a sustainable funding model.  Our new and highly engaged Board in addition to Chase are the right team to guide The Healing Center into the future.  You’ll be seeing more communications from Chase and we’ll be hosting an open house in the fall where our supporters will be able to meet him and the new board members.

Sadly, this will be my last note to you as Interim Board President.  It’s been a challenging, but extremely rewarding experience being able to help lead The Healing Center to where it’s at today.  Our board will be holding elections this summer and until then Kim Kelly along with a few other board members will be stepping up.  I’m not going far and will be joining The Healing Center’s Advisory Board.  I hope to see you all at our fall event, Oktoberfest on October 4th.

Please be well and I know our paths will cross again.

Aaron Reich
Board Member

Message from Chase Huffman, Executive Director

Today marks almost three weeks as the Executive Director of The Healing Center and I am excited to join this incredible organization.

My first few weeks have been spent learning about the strong community at The Healing Center that has been built by the staff, volunteers, and donors. This has been a powerful start to a great adventure.

As I continue to learn more about The Healing Center and meet members of our community, please feel free to reach out and say hello. I look forward to having the opportunity to connect with all of the members of our strong community and to dig into the opportunities and obstacles we face as an organization.

Over the coming weeks, I look forward to working with the staff to learn more about our great work and building ways to strengthen our community. I want to thank you for your continued and ongoing support of The Healing Center. I look forward to leading the team in driving our mission, living our values, and serving our communities every day.

In gratitude,

Chase Huffman

Client Spotlight: Jason Chu

What brought you to The Healing Center? 

January 1st, 2018 my wife, Alice, died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed as stage III September 2016. All of her treatments (mastectomy, chemo, and radiation) were completed May 5th 2017 and we were hopeful about her recovery. In July 2017, she had pain in her shoulder blades that was a tumor in her liver. We started chemo treatment again, but the cancer was too aggressive. After a trip to Disneyland in early December, she was enrolled in hospice care and died at home the evening of New Year’s Day.

Our son Lucas was 2-3 during her cancer and probably doesn’t remember a time when his mom wasn’t sick. He’s 4 now and we both went to The Healing Center looking for help through our grieving process.

What has been most helpful about coming to The Healing Center for you and your family? 

Finding people who actually get it. Very few people truly understand what it’s like to have someone you love be with you one second, with all of the potential of the future stretching out ahead of you, and then the next second have all of it ripped away. When it happened to me I felt like one entire side of my body had been torn off and everything was exposed and raw to the world. Being able to just sit with a group of people who know that feeling is really helpful, even though none of us want anyone to ever feel that again.

My son, Lucas, benefits from Littles Group as well. He gets excited the whole week before group and loves every minute of being there. Afterwards he’s noticeably calmer and happier. We both regret it any time we miss a Littles Group!

Do you have any specific goals for yourself as you move from being involved with Early Group to Transition Group?

Now that I’m more than a year out, I’ve been able to rebuild parts of my life. I still feel like I’m running close to capacity, but have some breathing room. I have learned that it’s ok to depend on other people sometimes. As I move to Transition Group, I’m interested to find ways to continue growing as new challenges arise in the coming years.

What tools or ideas have you developed at The Healing Center which you find useful in daily life?

That each day comes with its own unique challenges. Some days will be easy and everything will go smoothly. Other days the big accomplishment is getting out of bed. I have learned to constantly remind myself of that and not be too self-critical when times are tough.

It’s also really helpful to remind myself that everyone grieves in their own way and time and there’s no wrong way to do it. Anyone who tells you otherwise should mind their own business.

Do you have anything new and exciting going on in your life that you’d like to share?

I’ve been dating someone who really loves Lucas and has a son of her own! We’re working out how to build our lives together.

Now for the hard-hitting questions: What is Lucas’ favorite thing to do or thing to play with at The Healing Center?

Lucas loves playing doctor and cooking in the kitchen with his friends are The Healing Center.

Volunteer Highlight: Tobin Langford

I came to volunteer at The Healing Center as a way to earn hours for the practicum in my Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. I was drawn to The Healing Center specifically because you had a group that was focused on serving seniors, The Memory Keepers group. After doing the training, I was moved by the mission of the organization and the methods used. I appreciated that they are pure support groups that really provide an opportunity for the group members to connect and support each other. It has been incredibly moving to watch members be open and vulnerable in sharing their experiences so that those around them feel less alone and have a chance to move through their own grief.

I did the majority of my volunteering with the Memory Keepers group and it was an honor to share space with them, to be allowed in on their journeys. Recently, I have volunteered with the Thursday Adult General Loss group. This has been a rich experience for me as an emerging mental health counselor to be reminded of the many ways grief can touch our lives. The members of this group are also incredibly open and generous in their support of one another, despite sometimes very different journeys. It has been truly humbling to witness the generosity of spirit in that group as well as the deep suffering they are working through. To bear witness to the members of each group face their grief and choose to give themselves the time and space to find community and support has been a gift for me.

As I begin my work in community mental health as a mental health counselor, I hope to keep with me the lessons of this experience. I will hold close to my grateful heart the lessons of community, vulnerability, resilience, self-acceptance, and humility. And I will leave room for a small flame in my heart that I will be able to volunteer again one day.

New Year, New Healing Center

Thanks to a generous grant from the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, The Healing Center was able to spruce up our core adult programming spaces. The redesign was completed at the end of February, with no interruption in services. Our group members, volunteers and staff are loving the new spaces! Check out the before and after pictures below:

Contract Program Therapist (Part Time)

Part-Time Position(6-10 hours/week)

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Under the direction of the Clinical Director, the Contract Program Therapist is responsible for planning and facilitating open-ended grief support groups for children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This position collaborates with other program staff and volunteers on planning and implementing innovative grief support services in the Seattle area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake assessments with potential clients
  • Facilitate open-ended grief support groups for children, teens, and adults
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteer co-facilitators
  • Provide outreach to schools and other community organizations in need of grief support
  • Assess for mental health concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed
  • Participate in broader Healing Center program activities including Ceremony of Remembrance, Oktoberfest, Annual Luncheon, etc.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field
  • Group facilitation experience with children, teens and adults
  • Understanding of grief and loss across the lifespan
  • Proficiency in collaborating with team members
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Flexibility in schedule to include the potential for both evening and weekend hours


Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

About The Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief and helps individuals move through it and heal. We serve children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.