Our Mission

About Centering

Centering is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved. Centering was founded in 1977 by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson. Centering started with nine little coloring books for hospitalized children and two workshop offerings for nurses and families. In response to the need for support by families and caregivers while facing their grief experience we developed many new resources. Today we have over 500 grief resources for children and adults. Centering continues to provide educational resources and bookstore for caregivers and families.

In the last 10 years...

30 Regional and National Tragedies have been provided free books from Centering

2,000 books have been donated in the last 18 months

Over $60,000 has been donated to other caring, national non-profit organizations that care for grieving families and professionals

55,000 journals have been given to a grieving teen

Over 100,000 Grief Digest magazines in print

And in overall, over 2 million grief resources are in the hands of grieving families and those who care for them.

About Grief Digest

Grief Digest was a quarterly printed magazine supporting grieving people and caregivers for 16 years. Now Grief Digest is an online platform where people can share their stories and insights about grief and loss. Centering, which is the largest and oldest grief resource center in North America, has created this resource along with a remarkable group of writers to aid you in your journey.

Our online articles includes the best writers and speakers in the field of bereavement. There are many interesting and helpful articles on coping and dealing with grief, help for the caregiver and most of all, the usual hope, information and support you expect from your Centering family.

Article submissions are encouraged. You may submit them digitally to or through the website under article submission form online.