A Letter From Our Chairman
The Grief Resource Center (GRC) was created and it has served to help any and all who may be grieving for multiple reasons. These can include the death of a loved one, serious health matters, divorce, loss of one’s job, other major life transitions and more. We recognized that establishing a Center would enhance helping people reach “pathways to healing” through partnerships with other organizations and professionals in the field; as well as to provide access to peer-to-peer support groups; training; workshops; seminars and short-term individual counseling sessions. This multi-faceted approach established the broadest possible base, along with the greatest ranges of support services for both individuals and families—allowing each one to pursue a pathway to healing that was tailored for their respective customs, traditions, beliefs and needs
In addition, the GRC has established a formal relationship with the Office of Medical Investigation (OMI) and, in this role, we serve as one of their contract counseling entities. This means we are recognized as a counseling center that can serve families who are experiencing trauma-based grief—grief often associated with sudden and/or tragic losses.
In much the same way, we have a formal relationship and strong partnership with the Children’s Grief Center, thereby, between both organizations, we are able to serve entire family units as needs arise.
Utilizing an array of partnerships, the GRC is maturing to become a statewide resource by way of contract partnerships with professionals in local communities. This network of professionals includes UNM’s Health Sciences resources providing an expanding capability to serve families and individuals throughout New Mexico over time. Thus it is our goal to be a key resource, through professional partners, who help “light pathways to healing”for those who are grieving—and strengthen their respective capabilities to find hope for the reasons we call this state: “The Land of Enchantment.”
A Tribute to our Founder Linda Phelps
The visionary or founder of any organization that makes deep and lasting impacts on the lives of individuals and families it serves also leaves a special imprint on the organization that remains—even after that founder is no longer part of it. Dr. Linda Phelps was (and is) that kind of visionary-founder for the Grief Resource Center. During her many years as a professional counselor, she recognized that there were significant numbers of people who were experiencing various forms of grief as they dealt with major life transitions. These included loss of loved ones, but also other critical life changes such as the loss of one’s job or a major change in a family member’s health, a divorce and more.
As a result, Linda presented a proposal to the owners of the French Family of Companies asking them to consider providing the seed funding to create a multi-purpose, multi-capable grief resource center. This center would bring together a wide array of professionals, peer support groups, first responders, members of the faith-based community, hospice and others to serve this broad base of needs. In addition, this center would offer training, workshops, seminars and direct one-on-one professional support counseling for individuals and families.
When the Grief Resource Center opened its doors in October 2016, Linda’s vision became a reality and the demand for the services offered has not ceased to grow ever since. Her legacy continues, even after her recent retirement—and those who follow her are building on the incredible base she built for all we serve—now and in the future.