TGRC developed out of the clear need for a regional grief resource center in 2008, when the region’s past bereavement program was discontinued. An advisory group worked closely with area hospices, hospitals, youth service programs, and counselors to identify community needs and services and how best to address gaps. TGRC formally organized and filed for non-profit tax exemption and accepted responsibility for continuing grief camps, groups, and educational programs that originated 1992-2005. Executive Director and Co-founder, Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, has coordinated grief programs for over 20 years. Barrett directed the SEASONS Bereavement Program for over a decade and has worked with children and families since 1989. As a nationally respected specialist in outdoor-based grief support programs, Dr. Barrett has led over 100 grief camps and retreats for kids, teens and adults (throughout Montana and in six different states). Her doctoral research interviewed over 100 bereaved children and adults exploring the effectiveness of outdoor-based grief support programs. Barrett shares the wisdom of those children and adults with families and grief professionals at state and national conferences.
Currently in Montana, when a family member dies, Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) is the only organization dedicated to providing year round, comprehensive support for kids and adults. We are committed to providing high-quality grief support and education for children, teens, and families in active collaboration with other organizations, foundations, individuals, businesses, corporations and service agencies. Original offices were in Missoula (headquarters) and Kalispell. In 2016, TGRC launched an office in Browning, MT.