Healing Hearts... One family at a time. 

At the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas, we believe that each person's journey through grief is unique and therefore deserving of a distinctive approach to healing. Our goal is to help children, adolescents and their caregivers understand the depth of their grief, stabilize and preserve family relationships, and develop healthy coping skills after the death of a loved one. 

About the Center

The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas was founded by Dr. Martha Atkins in 1997 with the mission to foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach. 

The dream became a reality, growing from its humble beginnings of one peer support group, serving 19 families to a world-class facility serving more than 1,500 people each year; 60% of those being children ages 3-24.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult, especially for a child. When a child loses a loved one through death, the loss can have a profound effect on the rest of his or her life. Emotional, psychological, and physical trauma that often come with loss challenge children's well-being and school performance.Grieving children are likely to feel different, and very alone. Unresolved grief is often manifested as physical illness, depression, aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety, violence, alcohol and drug abuse, decreased academic performance and many other maladaptive problems and disorders.

Programs at the Center are dedicated to helping children and families process the profound psychological and emotional challenges of death and loss in a healing environment specifically designed for children.

The Center is the sole provider of on-going, youth-focused grief support at no cost to families in San Antonio and surrounding area. With the demand for services nearly doubling from 851 to 1,527 individuals served in two years; there has never been a greater need for high quality children’s bereavement services in this community.

On the Brew-ha Roundup registration site, there are options to make a donation to the Children’s Bereavement Center. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Center. If you are not able to attend the Brew-ha Roundup as a participant but you would still like to donate, there is an option on the race registration site to do that as well.