"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 alon 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.
John DeDakis, novelist, professor of journalism, former editor at CNN, and Wendt Center client, shares these poignant thoughts about his journey with the Wendt Center.
2015 Camp Forget-Me-Not/
Grief camp for young people
ages 7 to 17 who have experienced a death-related loss.
To learn more about Camp Click here
News and Events
"2014 Washingtonians of the Year"
We are SO proud and excited to send out our congratulations to Carol Pensky, longtime board member and supporter of the Wendt Center, who was honored as one of this year's "Washingtonians of the Year." Click here to read article.
Wendt Center is honored on Capitol Hill by Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus as part of the DC Crisis Response Team for its work in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings. Click here to learn more..
Wendt Center selected as "one
of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region" by 2013/2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
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.
Thank you for remembering us!