Mission: To create a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief.
Programs: One-on-one support for children with serious medical conditions (pathways): provision of intensive home, hospital and community based support for children diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Services are designed to assist each family member through the difficulty and stress of diagnosis, change in prognosis and course of treatment. Professional support specialists, and highly trained volunteers provide individualized support to the seriously ill child, their siblings and their caregivers.
the children to children program provides ongoing support groups for children, teenagers and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. The agency provides a safe place where grieving children can share their loss experience in a caring, supportive environment. Families meet twice a month to take part in age-appropriate support and activities for children ages 3 through 18 years of age. Groups and concurrent adult groups are facilitated by trained volunteers and coordinated by a staff member.
volunteers are the heart of the agency. The agency has more than 350 dedicated people who volunteer their time in different ways:support group volunteers facilitate peer support groups for children, teens and adults whose lives have been impacted by serious illness or death. This group works with an assigned age group: "littles" ages 3 through 7, "middles" ages 8 through 12, and "teens" ages 13 through 18 or adults to provide comfort and support through structured "talking circles" questions and activities. Special event volunteers assist with fundraising and community events. Individual requirements are dependent upon the assignment. Office volunteers assist in answering phones, managing the library, providing computer support, running errands, preparing materials and other duties associated with running an office. Office volunteers can choose any weekday for three to four hours per week. Individual requirements are dependent upon the assignment.
various other program services including:grief support group for young adults an ongoing grief support program specifically designed for young adults ages 18 through 29. The group meets twice a month on the university of arizona campus and is facilitated by trained volunteers and coordinated by staff. The group provides young adults with a safe and supportive place where they can grieve the death of a loved one and meet others experiencing similar circumstances and issues. Group support for children with serious medical conditions (family ties)ongoing support groups for families who have a child with a serious medical condition. The agency provides a safe environment for children and families to come together and share their challenges, hopes, laughter and tears as they deal with diagnosis, changes in prognosis and course of treatment. Each evening consists of age specific children's groups for the seriously ill child and their siblings and concurrent adult groups. Groups meet monthly and are facilitated by trained volunteers and coordinated by a staff member. Support for families experiencing the death of their child (angels by your side)the agency continues to stay with families in the event their child's serious medical condition progresses. The agency's staff support specialists assist families in navigating the devastation of a failing prognosis, and when appropriate, offer age-specific support for the diagnosed child to work through the dying process. The agency professionals remain present with the family into the most difficult time imaginable, including the death of their child, and continue to provide individualized one on one bereavement services to all interested family members for a minimum of 18 months. Support group for children who have a parent with cancer or other serious medical conditions (cpc)the agency offers ongoing support groups for children and teenagers who have a parent diagnosed with cancer or other serious medical conditions. The agency provides a safe place where children, teens and parents can share their experiences in a caring, supportive environment. Families meet twice a month to take part in age appropriate support and activities for children ages 3 through 18 years of age. Concurrent support groups are offered for both the diagnosed parent and other parent or adult caregiver. Angel ties the agency is dedicated to supporting families through a child's serious medical condition, from diagnosis through treatment or through bereavement should the child die. Recognizing the unique needs of parents whose children have died from serious medical conditions, the agency offers a group that is exclusive for parents who have experienced the death of a child from a serious medical condition. Satellite location grief support groups the agency provides closed-session bereavement support programs in outlying or underserved areas in and near tucson. The program is offered through weekly support groups in 8-10 week sessions in various suburban locations, and in most of the boys and girls clubs of tucson clubhouse locations. Camp erinthe agency is the arizona provider for camp erin, a nationwide network of bereavement camps. The agency provides a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Campers participate in fun, traditional camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support led by expert bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. The provider contract runs through 2022. Pb & j with love the agency provides monthly meal/food support to single parents who are diagnosed with a serious medical condition such as cancer. Battling a serious medical condition is physically and emotionally exhausting. For single parents, their challenges are compounded. Families enrolled in the pb & j with love program receive eight family meals a month to ease some of their burden and to ensure that these parents going through chemotherapy and other treatments have nutritious meals for themselves and their children. Memory beadsmemory beads is a community program to help individuals, families, schools, and others to process their grief journey through the facilitated process of making special bead necklaces. Once a month the agency opens its doors to the community to come and make a memory bead necklace as well as at specially scheduled times in the community.
Tu Nidito will always hold a special place in our hearts because one of the workers there was very, very kind to us. The intention of the organization is wonderful, and certainly if you don't have good friends or family to support you after the death of your child or parent, they are good place to turn to.
We are grateful for the support we received from them, as adults. However, we found their services for and policies around very young children were less than compassionate at times.
It also seemed to me, as a man, a little odd that their staff of a dozen people is exclusively female, and not diverse in other ways. This makes it harder for them to draw on the rich traditions of support we have here in Tucson. Additionally we were surprised that we never met anyone employed by Tu Nidito who had lost a child themselves.
Tu Nidito is one of a number of excellent groups in town. I would recommend checking them all out (for example, Compassionate Friends, Casa de Luz, TMC, KidsAid) and seeing which one fits your family.
I volunteered at Tu Nidito for a little more than a year before I left for graduate school. I have only fond memories of this place and all the lovely people I met and worked alongside. Child grief is very unique and Tu Nidito's philosophy enables each child to process their feelings in ways that are genuine and fitting to their development, situation and needs. Volunteering is at the heart of their programs, and I always felt respected, valued and like my input and presence made a difference. Moreover, I felt like my time there had a positive impact on my character more so than other volunteer work I have done with other agencies. I always left feeling absolutely refreshed after my interactions with the children and appreciative for the kindness of Tu Nidito's leaders. It was a pleasure to play a role in the grief work of these families and hope one day to return to volunteering there once I have time.