Our mission, vision, and core values lay the foundation for Judi’s House/JAG Institute to provide the highest quality care to grieving children and families while being thoughtful in our approach to expanding our reach through training, education, and research.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing.

Our vision is that no child should be alone in grief.

Core Values


We hold ourselves and each other accountable for the purpose that connects us to Judi’s House.


We invite and value the unique and shared universal experience of grief.


We strive for continuous growth by challenging the status quo, discovering blind spots, and learning from our accomplishments and mistakes.


We value differences and promote environments where everyone can authentically express themselves to advance equity and understanding.

History of Judi’s House

When former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was just 12 years old, his mother Judi died of breast cancer. Along Brian’s path to healing, he realized he wanted to give back to children and young adults who were also grieving the loss of an important person in their lives.

Brian Griese with his mother Judi Griese, the namesake of Judi's House and JAG institute.

In 2002, Brian and his wife, Dr. Brook Griese, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House in Denver in Judi Griese’s memory.

Judi’s House is a community-based nonprofit bereavement center for children and families with the vision that no child should be alone in grief.

In order to achieve this vision, Judi’s House is committed to providing comprehensive grief care services for bereaved youth and families at Judi’s House as well as in school and community-based settings throughout Metro Denver. These vital services are delivered at no cost to families thanks solely to philanthropic support.

Judi’s House is also committed to contributing to knowledge that helps identify and meet the needs of the bereaved everywhere. In 2014, Judi’s House launched JAG Institute (named in memory of Brian’s mother, Judith Ann Griese) as a center for learning, focused on expanding the evaluation, research, and training opportunities necessary to share successful bereavement programs.

By integrating practice, research, and community, Judi’s House is uniquely positioned to create social change regarding childhood bereavement and serve as a national leader in the effort to increase access to effective, individualized care for the bereaved.

Judi’s House Timeline

  • 2002

    Judi’s House provides first grief support groups to children and caregivers.
  • 2004

    Judi’s House helps found National Alliance for Children’s Grief.

  • 2005

    In response to overwhelming growth and demand for services, Judi’s House moves to 1741 Gaylord Street.

  • 2007

    Judi’s House establishes schoolbased grief counseling groups.

  • 2010

    Judi’s House experiences 40% increase in number of individuals served over previous year.

  • 2013

    Judi’s House celebrates its 10th year of providing care in Metro Denver.

  • 2014

    Judi’s House establishes JAG Institute to house expanded research, training, and technology initiatives to create a Comprehensive Grief Care® Network in Metro Denver.

  • 2018

    JAG Institute releases first Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model reports in partnership with New York Life Foundation.

  • 2018

    Judi’s House reaches milestone of 10,000 individuals served.

  • 2019

    JAG Institute launches Childhood Bereavement Changemakers initiative in partnership with New York Life Foundation.

  • 2020

    Judi’s House secures parcel of land from Aurora Public Schools for future site of new home.

  • 2021

    Judi’s House and JAG Institute break ground on new facility in Aurora.

  • 2021

    JAG Institute releases Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model by race and ethnicity.

  • 2022

    Judi’s House honors 20 years of supporting grieving families.


  • 2022

    Judi’s House and JAG Institute relocate to new home August 2022.

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