"Remember a time … feeling as though a train has roared through your heart, splitting it into a million pieces. Feeling as though happiness is a complete luxury that you will never be able to afford again, when everything that you breathe, feel, sleep, dream and think is grief and pain. It covers you like a shroud … it invades your lungs and your brain and your bones and your joints. It makes you feel completely alone. And suddenly you see a break in the bleakness, almost like sunshine, or you hear a small peaceful song … that is my definition of the Wendt Center and their staff."
—Wendt Center Client
With nationally recognized expertise in grief, trauma and mental health, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing helps adults and children in the Greater Washington region rebuild a sense of safety and hope after experiencing a loss, life-threatening illness, violence or other trauma.
The Wendt Center is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma. We provide mental health counseling, training and education, crisis response and case management services to ease the impact of illness, loss, and traumatic events. We respect individuals and their experiences, understand the pain of loss and trauma, and support people in their healing journey.
The Wendt Center understands the need to reach out for help when the stress associated with illness, traumatic events or life threatening illness is overwhelming. We also understand that not everyone has the means to pursue professional or peer assistance and people often feel lost among the countless support options now available. We have created this web site in an attempt to provide useful, practical and accessible information for those interested in learning more about the process of healing.
In response to the mass tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, Mayor Vincent Gray has established a Navy Yard Victim Assistance Response Line. The Navy Yard Victim Witness Response Line is 1-866.962.5048.
The Wendt Center provides free counseling services for members of the military and their families at the National Veterans Center. All veterans of the armed forces, active and reserved service members and their families are eligible. To learn more click here.
Grief Therapy Groups
Enroll Now!! Most of the groups are ongoing for all ages. For more information click here or contact our Intake Coordinator at 202-204-5021.
The Lights of Hope Program provides candle light vigils for families in the Washington Metropolitan area regardless of cause of death. To learn more, Click here.
We are in the process of hiring a Part Time Administrative person in our SE Office. For more information click here.
News and Events
Wendt Center selected as "one
of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region" by 2013/2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Click here to hear Rashida Clegg, LICSW talk with a reporter from the Washington Post about being a counselor at the Wendt Center's Southeast Office.
The Wendt Center is one of the charities you can designate if you participate in the annual United Way Campaign.
Our agency code is #8345 and CFC Code is #17145.
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