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Grief Support Services

Gabaldon Mortuary has been a family-owned funeral home since 1948. Our long experience as licensed funeral directors allows us to help families through the grief process as we promote healing through education and assistance readjusting to life without a loved one.

The Funeral is the First Step

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Meaningful funeral ceremonies offer closure, showing us that our loved one is gone and allowing friends and family to offer support. However, the funeral or memorial service is only the first step to healing. In the days, weeks and months after the funeral service, it’s important to lean on others for understanding and guidance.

After the Funeral

Because grief is such a personal process, many people seek a comfortable environment to discuss their loss with other people working through the grieving process. Many local and national support groups have formed, including:

Albuquerque Area Grief & Loss Resources
(please call contact person/number listed to verify date/time/location)

Agora Crisis Center
Free, confidential help, in person or over the phone, daily 9:00 a.m. to 12 midnight & walk-ins, by appointment, (505) 277-3013

Bereavement Support Group – National Share
Death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Center for Prenatal Development, 4010 Montgomery Boulevard NE, Christy Koil, (505) 883-5657

Bereavement Parent Support Group
Death of child due to pregnancy loss, still birth, neonatal death, SIDs or any natural cause, NM Grief Services – Office of Medical Investigator, (505) 272-3397

Grief/Bereavement Support
NM Grief Services Program – Office of Medical Investigator, Nancy Barickman, (505) 925-6652 or (505) 272-3053. Only until July 2014 (OMI Cases).

Bereavement Services
Ambercare Hospice, Nanette Sanchez, (505) 244-0046

Bereavement Services
Heartland Hospice, Mary M. Gray, (505) 323-1464

Bereavement Services
Heritage Hospice, Sarah Sower, (505) 366-2318

Bereavement Services
Odyssey HealthCare & Hospice, Miryam Levy, (505) 884-8857

Bereavement Services
VistaCare Hospice, Diane Barnes or Jaffa Frank, (505) 821-5404

Bereavement Support Group
Hospice of the Sandias, Victoria Cain, (505) 881-5342

Bereavement Support Group – Nondenominational
5:00 p.m. Mondays, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Mary Davison, (505) 892-1511 or (505) 892-9886

Children’s Grief Center of NM
Free services, ages 5-25 years old, also family services, Jade Bock, (505) 323-0478

The Compassionate Friends
Support to parents who have lost a child of any age, 7:00 p.m., first and third Thursdays of the month, Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte NE, (505) 232-4099

COPES (Coalition of Parents Enduring Suicide)
Support groups and public education

Grief & Loss Support Services
AARP, Albuquerque Area (505) 830-3097; referrals through City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, (505) 764-6400

Grief Support Services
Jewish Family Services, Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, (505) 291-1818 x 5481

Grief Support Group
For parents who have lost a child due to drug/alcohol use, Barbara Cloud, (505) 881-0667

Homicide Death & Sudden Death Support
Nancy Mance (505) 925-0567

Parents of Murdered Children
For parents surviving violent death, one-on-one meetings, Ellie Lee, (505) 281-1147

Society of Military Widows Group 45
Provides benefits info, assistance and advocacy, 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Kirtland AFB Chapel, Pat Barberis, (505) 366-8298

Suicide Survivors NM, Albuquerque Chapter
6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper NE,, (505) 217-4870

Survivors of Homicide
Support for anyone who has experienced a loved one’s murder, fourth Thursday of the month, Dawn Woodring (505) 232-4099; Grief Services, Office of the Medical Investigator, (505) 272-5040

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL)
A support group for those who have lost someone they love to suicide.

Two Meetings each Month – First and Third Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Grief Resource Center, 1113 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
For more information, contact: Al & Linda Vigil, (505) 792-7461, email:

List provided by Albuquerque Grief & Loss Coalition, P.O. Box 3592, Albuquerque, NM 87190,

Grief CounselingGrief counselling

Grief Services Program
Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Books on Death, Dying, & Bereavement

Support Services for Friends of the Bereaved

If you are seeking ways to show a friend or family member you care, the following organizations offer gifts of remembrance and comfort:

Flowers, Food, and Cards
Albuquerque’s Favorite Floral: Mention code Gabaldon for 2% discount. Flowers
Send beautiful flower arrangements for all occasions from
Gift baskets from 1-800-BASKETS.COM
Gourmet Station Food Delivery Service
Eilenberger Bakery
Sympathy & Thank You Cards