Tamarack Grief Resource Center strengthens and honors individuals, families and communities throughout their journey with grief.
Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, Respect.
CARE Team Philosophy
Our programs are created and facilitated by a variety of talented, experienced professionals. Group and camp facilitators submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and complete a background check before becoming a part of the Tamarack Care Team.
C.A.R.E underlies our approach to working with the staff team, with professionals, and with program participants.
Compassion: positive, caring relationships are the foundation for the program
Attitude: open, positive and flexible
Respect: for self, others, the organization, and the environment
Enthusiasm: a commitment to have fun, enjoy and laugh
Our Care Team Covenant commits us to strive for the following:
- Respecting confidentiality
- Being open and cooperative
- Using “I” messages
- Listening and responding with empathy
- Giving and accepting feedback
- We will support the programs and the program participants.
- When we face challenges, we will seek ways to address/move through the challenging circumstances which strengthen us as a team and do not undermine us as a team.
- We will make efforts to strengthen one another through gratitude, respect, and positive humor.
Tamarack Grief Resource Center:
- Is committed to year-round, comprehensive, research-based grief support strategies that follow emerging best practices, such as grief consultation and counseling, multi-day bereavement camps, peer groups, workshops and education.
- Provided grief care and education to 4,580 participants in 2016.
- Has 11 staff members and 12 members on the Board of Directors.
- Facilitated seven grief camps, providing support for 99 youth and adults in 2016.
- Has an Urgent Response Team that strives to assist businesses and organizations following the traumatic death of a student or colleague, to help stabilize front line staff and act as a resource for employers, co-workers, supervisors, counselors, coaches, administrators, teachers and students.
- Offered Urgent Response at seven schools and businesses for 41 individuals following tragic deaths in 2016.
- Provided over 1,200 grief consultations at no cost to participants in 2016.
- Trained volunteers who donated over 2200 hours of direct care helping keep costs low in 2016.
- Provided scholarships and waived fees to more than 74% of program participants in 2016.
- Hosts many free community workshops through out the year, some topics include: Suicide Prevention, Grief Support, and Handling the Holidays.
- Collaborates often with the University of Montana, regional public and private schools, Missoula City-County Health Department, local area hospices and many other organizations and individuals in and around the Missoula, Flathead and Browning areas.
- Worked side-by-side with schools throughout the region, including Browning, Bigfork, Babb, and East Glacier to provide school-based activities and care
- Served on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and provided leadership for TAPS Good Grief Camp-Outs and the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar.
- Has offices in Missoula, Kalispell and Browning.
Visit our 2016 Annual Report to learn more.
Standards of Practice
Since 2014, Tamarack Grief Resource Center has operated under the National Alliance of Grieving Children’s Standards of Practice, as we work together to provide the best possible care and support to children grieving the death of a loved one.